Canada to Ease Covid-19 Test Requirement from 28 Feb
Considering the lowering cases of omicron, the government of Canada has decided to ease Canada's entry requirements. Starting from February 28, international travellers, including international students, will be able to enter Canada with a rapid Antigen Test instead of an RT-PCR molecular test. International flights will be permitted to land at all Canadian airports. The new measures will include random testing for vaccinated travellers.
Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement of these changes in a press conference on February 15 in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.
The details of the Canada entry requirements updating from Feb 28 are:
Rapid antigen test will be accepted
International travellers, including students, will be allowed to travel to Canada with COVID-19 rapid antigen test results taken the day before their scheduled flight. Taking a rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement. It must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service. The RT-PCR Test taken 72 hours before the flight will also be accepted.
On-arrival testing will be eased
Fully vaccinated travellers will be randomly selected for the arrival test. They will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test results.
Quarantine exemption of children
Children under 12, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will continue to be exempt from quarantine. This means they can attend school, camp, or daycare immediately after arriving in Canada.
International flights can land at all airports
International flights will be permitted to land at all Canadian airports as previous Transport Canada's Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts where international passenger flights can arrive in Canada will expire on February 28.
All the international travellers, including students, must submit their essential information, including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan before arriving in Canada, in ArriveCAN, the official Government of Canada platform to provide information when entering Canada.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, said,"These changes are possible not only because we have passed the peak of Omicron, but because Canadians across the country have listened to the science and to experts."
The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, said, "We are committed to a safe reopening; one that provides predictability, flexibility and shows the world that Canada is one of the safest places to travel. Travel is safe and will continue to be safe in Canada."
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