Canada Removes Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers Starting April 1

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Great news: Canada will remove testing requirement for vaccinated travelers starting April 1.

Canadian government officials recently announced the rule changes, meaning that starting next month fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by either land or air from won't have to show results of a negative rapid test taken within one day of arrival.

 

"Today, the Government of Canada announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 AM EDT, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water," said a press release announcing the change. "Fully vaccinated travelers seeking to arrive in Canada before April 1, 2022, must still have a valid pre-entry test."

However, government officials also warned that travelers may be randomly selected for COVID-19 testing upon arrival. An upside is that those randomly selected travelers will not be required to quarantine while they await test results.

"Decreasing COVID-19 case counts, coupled with Canada’s high vaccination rates and strict vaccination requirements for travel, have set the stage for the next steps in our Government’s cautious and calibrated approach to safely easing the measures at our border," Canada’s Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said in a statement.

"Lifting the pre-entry testing requirements for travelers to Canada will make it easier for Canadians to safely take advantage of emerging opportunities for personal and business travel, as Canada’s transportation system recovers from the pandemic," he concluded.

Currently, Canada only accepts international tourists who have been fully vaccinated by WHO-approved vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Unvaccinated travelers are able to enter by showing a negative antigen test within one day of arrival to Canada; a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or proof of a positive test taken within 10-180 days of entry.

"For partially or unvaccinated travelers who are currently allowed to travel to Canada, pre-entry testing requirements are not changing. Unless otherwise exempt, all travelers 5 years of age or older who do not qualify as fully vaccinated must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result," the statement explains.

All travelers to Canada must continue to complete an online form via ArriveCAN before arriving. Those that do not complete the form before arrival might be subject to testing and quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

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