Canada to end pre-arrival Covid19 test for incoming travellers

06Apr

Starting April 1, fully vaccinated travellers to Canada will no longer need a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. You must still use ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada

The Canadian government announced the new measures would affect travellers arriving at all ports of entry. Although pre-arrival testing requirements will be dropped, the government may still randomly test travellers upon arrival. The purpose of the random tests will be to identify and track COVID-19 variants. If fully vaccinated travellers are selected for an on-arrival test, they will not need to quarantine while waiting on their result.

Key Points: –

  • Proof of a professionally administered or observed pre-arrival negative antigen test taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water
  • The antigen test has to be approved by the country that the traveller is arriving from, and it cannot be done at home.

Your antigen test must be administered or observed by a laboratory or testing provider.

Accepted type of antigen tests:

  • rapid antigen test
  • viral antigen test
  • diagnostic immunoassay
  • lateral flow test (LFT)
  • also, could be noted as an Antigen Chromatographic Digital Immunoassay, Antigen Chemiluminescence Immunoassay, or Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence
  • Proof of a valid negative molecular test taken outside of Canada within 72 hours of your scheduled flight’s departure time to Canada or your entry to Canada by land or water

Accepted molecular tests: –

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample.

  • Previous positive molecular test result: you no longer have symptoms and provide proof of a positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day after your test.
  • Also, if fully vaccinated travellers are selected for a random on-arrival test, they will no longer have to quarantine while waiting on results.
  • Unvaccinated travellers will still need to be tested on arrival and quarantine for 14 days. They will also need to do a test on day eight of their quarantine.
  • Travellers will still need to upload documents via the ArriveCAN app before crossing the border.

Proof of test on the arrival:

When you arrive at the border, you must present a valid negative test result (paper or electronic proof) or proof of a previous positive molecular test result taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day after your test.

The proof must include:

  • traveller name and date of birth
  • name and civic address of the laboratory or testing provider that administered or professionally observed the test
  • the date on which the test was taken
  • the type of test taken
  • the test results

Keep proof of your test results with you for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada.

Canada will adjust its travel advisory from a level 3 to a level 2. This means the government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes. However, the minister still urged Canadians to understand the risks associated with international travel during the pandemic.

Duclos said these measures are transitory, and may be adjusted as the COVID-19 situation changes. He suggested that if hospitalization rates decline in the near future, further easing of restrictions may follow.

 

 

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