COVID-19 testing for air travelers coming to Canada

The Government of Canada introduces a new measure to prevent further introduction and transmission of COVID-19.

All passengers five years of age or older will need a test for COVID-19 before travelling to Canada. The Minister of Transport, Honourable Marc Garneau, announced the unprecedented measure to help prevent further introduction and transmission of COVID-19 and its new variants into Canada.

Travellers must provide a negative laboratory test result to the airline before coming to the country. The documentation should reflect an examination within the last 72 hours before boarding a flight to Canada.

Canadians planning on returning to Canada in the immediate future should start immediately arranging for a COVID-19 test to avoid a delay in their return. Every person planning to travel abroad should consider how they will meet these requirements before departure.

The test result must be from a lab accredited by an external organization such as government institutions or professional associations. Authorities will only accept written or electronic proof of a negative lab test result (PCR test).

Persons travelling from a country where PCR testing is unavailable will be required to report to a designated Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine facility for the duration of their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

All existing health requirements, including health check questions, temperature screening, and masks wearing masks on flights to Canada, remain in place.

Travellers to Canada must provide accurate contact information and their mandatory 14-day quarantine plan on or before entry. All travellers will have their quarantine plans reviewed by a government official. If not suitable will be asked to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility. 

Violating any instructions provided when you enter Canada is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines.


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