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COVID: Canada Lifting Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing Requirement as of April 1

by Jo-Anne Liburd & Travelweek, posted on 9:24 AM, March 16, 2022
As of April 1, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to do a pre-arrival COVID-19 test to enter Canada. Random PCR testing of some travellers may take place at the airport, however.

As leaked earlier this week, the Government of Canada confirmed today that effective April 1, 2022, it is dropping the pre-arrival COVID testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers crossing into Canada--a requirement many considered to be the last major hurdle for travel’s recovery, after two years of pandemic restrictions.

Fully vaccinated travellers may still be randomly tested upon arrival, however they no longer need to quarantine while waiting for the results. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must still submit negative pre-arrival PCR test results.

All travellers must also continue to use the ArriveCAN app.

Canada’s requirement that all air, rail and cruise ship passengers be vaccinated against COVID-19 still stands, as does the masking rule in Canadian airports and on airplanes.

Cruise ship passengers will need to show negative results from a rapid antigen test no more than one day prior to their ship’s departure. However, they will no longer be required to be tested again before getting off the ship.

For full details on the announcement, click here to go to the Travelweek website.