Passengers arriving in Canada via air are likely to be randomly selected for a Covid-19 test.
After a 5-month suspension, Canada re-applies the requirement that fully vaccinated passengers take tests upon arrival at the airport.
Canada suspended random airport testing from June 11 and reintroduced the requirement from July 19. Passengers entering Canada’s four major airports, including Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto international airports, will be required to be tested for COVID-19.
After submitting the customs declaration, those selected for testing will be emailed within 15 minutes with instructions for taking samples for testing. Passengers who have not received the full dose of the vaccine can book an appointment for testing online or at the prescribed pharmacies during the quarantine period.
If the test results are positive, the passenger is required to self-isolate for 10 days from the time of testing, regardless of the shorter local regulations.
Persons who are considered “fully vaccinated” are required to have received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, at least 14 before entering Canada.
Testing will be done outside the airport area outside the airport, applicable to both in-person testing at the testing site or appointment for quick testing and submitting results online. Passengers who have not received the full dose of vaccine must be isolated for 14 days and self-test on day 1 and day 8.
All passengers must submit required travel information 72 hours prior to arrival via the ArriveCAN app, with exceptions.
In a press release, the Government of Canada said that moving the testing site out of the airport will help Canada monitor and respond to new variations and developments in the current epidemic situation.
“With increased travel demand around the world, today’s announcement marks an important step for us in optimizing our out-of-airport testing and preventing COVID-19 infection- 19 in the community,” said Transport Minister Omar Alghabra in a July 14 statement, “The Government of Canada will continue to protect the health of visitors and workers, and at the same time, protect the health and well-being of visitors and workers alike. ensure the transport system is always safe, reliable, and sustainable in the long term.”