Canada Dropping Testing Requirements For Vaccinated Travellers

Canada Dropping Testing Requirements For Vaccinated Travellers

Things are looking up for travel again. 

After two very long years of some of the strictest entry rules worldwide, Canada is finally removing its testing for entry requirements. As of 1 April 2022, the Canadian government will get rid of pre-arrival testing requirements for vaccinated travellers to enter Canada.

Up until 1 April, travellers need to show proof of a negative antigen or PCR test within a day of their flight or their arrival at the border by car or boat. 

Once the new test-free rules come into effect on 1 April 2022, fully vaccinated passengers will no longer need to show proof of a negative antigen or PCR test prior to boarding their flight. 

All travellers will still need to use the ArriveCAN app, or website to enter Canada, and masks are still required on planes and trains among people aged 6 and older. 

“Today, the Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022, at 12:01 AM EDT, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water.”

“Fully vaccinated travellers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test.”

Press Release

However, travellers are not out of the woods yet as the federal government will still randomly select travellers for COVID-19 testing upon arrival.

Unvaccinated Travellers To Canada

The government’s vaccine mandate for domestic and international flights departing from Canada, for trains, and for cruise ships will remain in effect. 

Unvaccinated foreign nationals are still not permitted entry into Canada for tourism. Only unvaccinated Canadian citizens and residents can enter, with much stricter rules applying.

Canada has also decided to keep the domestic and outbound vaccine requirements in place. 

Canadians still have to show proof of being fully vaccinated in order to board a domestic flight or train, or even to fly abroad on vacation, even if the destination country has no entry requirements.

Travel To Canada

The new rules for entering Canada as of 1 April 2022, assuming you are fully vaccinated, are:

  • Proof of vaccination
  • Uploading vaccination proof to ArriveCan App
  • Potential random PCR test on arrival, no quarantine needed while awaiting results

This is great news for the Canadian travel industry and is in line with current global travel trends.

Once inside Canada, visitors and returning residents will notice that many provinces and cities have started dropping their internal vaccine passport programs and mask mandates.

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