Another good news for those vaccinated against COVID-19: no more pre-travel tests to Canada

As of April 1, these individuals will no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test to travel to Canada. Find out about the details of this new measure.

By Pierina D’Amico

Translation: Sumit Khanna

The Canadian government announced that as of April 1, 2022, those who are fully immunized against COVID-19 will not be required to present a negative test to enter the country.

This measure is added to the other benefits for those who have the complete vaccination schedule previously reported by Latincouver.

What remains mandatory for all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, is to upload their information to ArriveCAN (mobile app or website) before arriving in Canada. In addition, random testing continues at the time of arrival in the country.

Communicating the good news, Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault said: “After two challenging years, we all want the Canadian economy, including the tourism sector, to recover and grow. In the government we have been listening to the concerns of tourism companies throughout the country. We are confident that, thanks to all that Canadians have done to protect each other, we can now take the next step forward and eliminate testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada. The economy, workers and tourism business owners will all benefit from this next step in opening Canada to the world once again.”

Finally, it is important to understand what it means to be “fully vaccinated” according to Canadian authorities. To qualify under this description, you must have a full schedule of government-accepted immunizations, and have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to arrival in Canada.

The vaccines accepted at the moment are the following and can be combined with each other:

• AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)

• Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)

• Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

• Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273), including children 6 to 11 years old

• Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)

• Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2), including children from 5 to 11 years old

• Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)

• Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

For more information, you can check the links to the official pages of the Government of Canada below.

Sources:

Government of Canada will remove pre-entry test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers on April 1, Canada Government, 17 de marzo de 2022

COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada, Canada Government, 18 de marzo de 2022

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