Air travellers coming to Canada required to provide negative COVID-19 test

Michelle Mak Community, COVID-19, Newcomer Information

The Government of Canada is requiring all air passengers who are 5 years of age and older to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling to Canada from another country, effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST. A document showing a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Those who have a negative test result and is allowed to enter CAnada, must still complete the full 14 day mandatory quarantine. 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.

Canadians who are currently travelling and returning to Canada soon should start immediately arranging for a COVID-19 test, to avoid a delay in their return to Canada.

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