Ontarian marked the first March break since 2019 that Canada was not subject to a federal advisory against non-essential travel earlier this week.
And as travelers relax on the beach or head south of the border for some much-needed adventure, some rules have changed that residents need to be aware of before heading home.
CTV News Toronto has put together a list of important information you can use before your flight, some best practices for flying back to Canada, plus tips to help you make the most of your vacation.
Coming back before April 1st? You still need a negative COVID-19 test to re-enter Canada
All travelers who returned home before April 1 will still have to provide proof of a negative antigen test to enter the country.
The test should be done no more than a day before your flight.
Popular March break destinations such as Mexico, the Caribbean and the US have private clinics where you can purchase a rapid test the day before your flight and some hotels even offer their own testing services. However, the test must be administered or observed by a pharmacy, laboratory, health care unit or telehealth service.
According to the federal government, the one-day window does not depend on the time of day of the test or the time of your flight or entry. So if you take your test on a Thursday at 8 a.m. and your flight is delayed 24 hours later on a Friday, your test is still valid.
If you so choose, you can provide evidence of a valid negative molecular test (PCR, nucleic acid test.) [NAT] or nucleic acid amplification test [NAATs]) taken within 72 hours of the departure time of your scheduled flight to Canada.
If you tested positive on a molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada, you do not need to provide a negative test result. However, make sure you have proof of a positive test result that has your name on it that matches your passport information.
Unvaccinated passengers over the age of 12 are still required to undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival, quarantine for 14 days, and another test on the eighth day of their quarantine.
If you are traveling domestically and have been fully vaccinated, you do not need to complete the COVID-19 test.
Returning to Canada after April 1st? Pre-arrival COVID-19 testing no longer required
If your March break getaway extends beyond this week and you plan to return home after April 1, most travelers are no longer required to provide a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test.
As reported by CTV News and announced by the federal government on Thursday, fully vaccinated individuals entering Canada by air, land or water are required to be provided with a COVID-19 test before returning home. is not needed.
Non-vaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers are still subject to pre-admission, testing on arrival and quarantine requirements.
Also, and unless otherwise exempt, all passengers five years of age or older who are not fully immunized eligible must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result.
Passengers may still be subjected to mandatory, random PCR testing at the airport.
Get your COVID-19 vaccination documents in order
Anyone over the age of 12 years and four months is required to be fully immunized against COVID-19 to board a flight entering Canada.
According to the Canadian government, thorough immunization means having two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. You should get your second dose at least 14 calendar days before the day you travel.
Make sure you have your COVID-19 vaccination documents with you if you are asked to show them. You can download your Advanced Vaccine Certificate with official QR code here.
If you have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated, click here to see if you are eligible to enter Canada.
Download the Canada Border Service agency Arrivcan App ahead of time
If this is your first visit in some time, you’ll want to download the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) Arrivcan app before returning to Canada.
Using the app, you will need to input your proof of vaccination, quarantine and travel information within 72 hours of your return.
If you don’t have a smartphone, you can sign in to ArriveCAN from a computer to receive your ArriveCAN receipt. Print your receipt and take it with you when you travel.
With files from Rachel Aiello of CTVNews.ca and the Brooklyn Newspaper