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Pre-arrival PCR testing for fully vaccinated Canadians will be phased out by the federal govt

The federal govt plans to phase out pre-arrival PCR testing for fully vaccinated Canadians

Key Takeaways:

  • For fully immunized Canadians traveling outside of the country, the federal government intends to eliminate the need for PCR testing.
  • Since the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discovered in mid-December, the federal government has advised against all non-essential international travel.

According to a senior government source, the federal government plans to eliminate PCR testing needs for fully immunized Canadians traveling outside of the country.

Before returning to Canada, anyone who has traveled outside the country must show proof of a negative molecular test, such as a PCR test. The test must be conducted within 72 hours of a scheduled flight or land border crossing.

According to CTV News, Ottawa plans to eliminate the requirements by the end of the month. Canadians, like Americans, will be required to show proof of a negative antigen test instead of a PCR test.

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According to Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal government will announce changes to pandemic measures at Canada’s borders next week.

The federal govt has advised against all non-essential international travel since the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discovered in mid-December.

With some exceptions, foreign nationals entering Canada and those traveling by plane, passenger train, or boat must be vaccinated.

The federal govt plans to phase out pre-arrival PCR testing for fully vaccinated Canadians
The federal govt plans to phase out pre-arrival PCR testing for fully vaccinated Canadians. Image from Global Rescue

During a news conference, Duclos stated that the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak is now behind Canada and that the government will “continue to tweak” measures as needed.

Dr. Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, also stated that the country’s travel advisory is being reviewed.

Because of Omicron’s infectious nature, Tam believes it will be difficult to stop every case at the border and prevent an infected person from spreading the virus to others.

Even though many jurisdictions have restricted tests to high-risk individuals, the number of new cases in Canada has dropped to around 11,000 per day.

Source: CTV News

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