Canada resumes mandatory random Covid-19 testing of arriving air travelers: Travel Weekly

Canada has brought back mandatory random Covid-19 testing for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada at the country’s four major airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.

Canada’s government had paused random testing of arriving airline passengers on June 11 but resumed the policy on July 19, with testing moved to outside the airports.

The government said travelers who are selected for mandatory random testing will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration. The email will contain information to help them arrange for their test with a testing provider in their region.

If the test result is positive, travelers must isolate for 10 days from the date of the test result. 

Use of the ArriveCAN mobile app or website to provide proof of vaccination and travel information continues to be mandatory for all travelers to Canada. The information must be submitted within 72 hours before arrival in Canada or before boarding a cruise ship destined for Canada.

To qualify as fully vaccinated, travelers must have been vaccinated with a primary series of a Covid-19 vaccine accepted by the government of Canada for the purpose of travel at least 14 calendar days before entering the country.

Unvaccinated travelers to Canada must quarantine for 14 days and take an approved Covid test on the first and eighth days of their visit.

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