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As of April 1, Canada will no longer require COVID-19 testing prior to arrival

As of April 1, Canada no longer requires pre-arrival COVID-19 testing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Most visitors to Canada will be able to enter without having to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in the near future.
  • The ministers of health, transportation, and tourism, Jean-Yves Duclos, Omar Alghabra, and Randy Boissonnault, will announce the latest easing of pandemic travel restrictions.
  • The government also lifted its travel warning against all non-essential international travel earlier this month.

According to CTV News, most visitors to Canada will soon be able to enter without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Beginning April 1, the federal government will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers to undergo pre-arrival COVID-19 testing at the border.

Passengers may still be subjected to random PCR testing at the airport, and they must use the ArriveCAN app to enter their evidence of vaccination and other required information.

On Thursday, Jean-Yves Duclos, Omar Alghabra, and Randy Boissonnault, ministers of health, transportation, and tourism, will announce the latest easing of pandemic travel restrictions.

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According to current border rules, fully vaccinated travelers must show proof of a negative rapid antigen test administered by a health professional before flying or crossing a land border.

Since late February, when the government relaxed the requirement that all travelers present a negative PCR test chosen to take within 72 hours of their arrival, this has been the policy.

Travel and tourism organizations, as well as mayors of border towns, have been calling for the testing required to be repealed, claiming that it is unjustified by science and places an unnecessary logistical and financial burden on travelers.

As of April 1, Canada no longer requires pre-arrival COVID-19 testing.
As of April 1, Canada no longer requires pre-arrival COVID-19 testing. Image from CBC News

According to the source, Canada has decided to lift the requirement because epidemiological indicators, such as border positivity rates, are a “downward trend.” According to the source, if the situation changes, the entry requirements may change again.

Earlier this month, the government also lifted its travel warning against all non-essential international travel. All passengers must be fully vaccinated before boarding federally regulated air, rail, or marine transportation remains in place.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated at a press conference on Wednesday that the federal government will continue to look into whether additional border measures can be eased based on science, adding that he believes “all Canadians are pretty damn tired of 2 years of this pandemic, as well as eager to get back to normal as much as possible.”

Source: CTV News

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