As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, Canada has announced new measures for people entering the country.
Changes to Arrival COVID-19 Testing Rules:
For the past year, the federal government has required that travellers entering Canada show proof of a negative molecular test, such as a PCR test, that must be taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country.
New travel rules allow travellers to take a rapid antigen test, which is cheaper than the PCR test and more convenient as the results of the tests are available within minutes.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed that the rapid antigen test must be taken no more than 24 hours before a traveller’s departing flight or planned arrival into Canada via land border.
People must take the test outside Canada and can only use one authorized for travellers.
Other Rule Changes:
Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 entering Canada with fully vaccinated parents will no longer have to quarantine and avoid schools, daycare, or other crowded settings for 14 days.
Fully vaccinated travellers that are randomly selected to be tested upon arrival won’t have to quarantine while awaiting their test results.
The last rule change is that Canada has officially lifted its advisory against non-essential international travel.
Travel Rules that Aren’t Changing:
All travellers will still be required to use the ArriveCAN app before entering Canada. The app allows for travellers to upload important information such as their proof of vaccination, COVID-19 test results, and quarantine plans.
Travellers who do not have a smartphone can use the web browser version of ArriveCAN on any computer to submit their documents.
While the general advisory against non-essential travel has been lifted, Canada continues to advise against all cruise ship travel outside the country.
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