Starting April 1: COVID tests no longer needed for fully vaccinated to enter Canada

Canada to drop COVID tests for vaccinated visitors.
Canada to drop COVID tests for vaccinated visitors.
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 5:06 PM CDT
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (Valley News Live) - Effective April 1, 2022, people who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test to get into Canada. The Government of Canada made the announcement on Monday, March 21.

“Adjustments to Canada’s border measures are made possible by a number of factors, including Canada’s high vaccination rate, the increasing availability and use of rapid tests to detect infection, decreasing hospitalizations and growing domestic availability of treatments for COVID-19,” said Canada’s Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos. “As vaccination levels and healthcare system capacity improve, we will continue to consider further easing of measures at the borders-and when to adjust those measures-to keep the people in Canada safe.”

Travelers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. If selected for mandatory random testing, you would not be required to quarantine while awaiting your test result.

For partially or unvaccinated travelers, pre-entry testing requirements are not changing. Unless otherwise exempt, everyone 5 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result:

  • A valid, negative antigen test, administered or observed by an accredited lab or testing provider, taken outside of Canada no more than one day before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry; or
  • A valid negative molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry; or
  • A previous positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry. It is important to note that positive antigen test results will not be accepted.

“After a challenging two years, we all want the Canadian economy, including the tourism sector, to rebound and grow,” said Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, Randy Boissonnault. “We in government have been listening to the concerns of tourism businesses across the country. We are confident that, thanks to all that Canadians have done to protect one another, we can now take the next step forward and remove testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada. The economy, workers and tourism business owners will benefit from this next step in opening Canada up once again to the world.”

All travelers continue to be required to submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) before their arrival in Canada. If you arrive without completing an ArriveCAN submission, you may have to test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days, regardless of your vaccination status. Travelers taking a cruise or a plane must submit their information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before boarding.

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