Canada Will Soon End Recommendation Against Non-essential International Travel

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Daily Life, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Government of Canada has recently announced that starting February 28, 2022 that the nation’s border measures will be lightened as part of transition of the pandemic response.

The latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada. Canadian provinces and territories are adjusting their public health measures. The federal government is also moving towards a more sustainable approach to long-term management of COVID-19.

Easing the on-arrival testing for fully-vaccinated travellers. This means that

  • Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing.
  • Travellers selected will also no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result.

Travellers will now have the option of using a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result or a molecular test result:

  • A COVID-19 rapid antigen test result has to be taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) , OR
  • A molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry requirements.
  • Taking a rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement – it must be authorized by the country in which it was purchased and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.

The Government of Canada will adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2. This means that the Government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes. Travellers should understand the risks that are still associated with international travel given the high incidence of Omicron, and take necessary precautions.

Details of this announcement: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2022/02/government-of-canada-lightens-border-measures-as-part-of-transition-of-the-pandemic-response.html