The Canadian government has announced that it will relax its entry restrictions. It is hoped the move will boost the country’s tourism industry as the Easter travel season is set to begin.
From next month, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have to be tested for coronavirus before departure. Air Canada welcomed the announcement, calling it “great news.”
A number of other countries have also relaxed their entry restrictions or are in the process of doing so. So, what are the new travel rules in Canada?
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What are the travel rules for Canada?
From April 1, fully vaccinated people arriving in Canada will no longer need to present proof of recent infection or a negative Covid test, the i reports. This follows the relaxation of entry restrictions in many other countries around the world.
To be considered fully immunized in Canada, travelers must have received at least two doses of approved vaccines or a single dose of the single-shot Janssen vaccine. At least 14 days must have passed since the last regular vaccination dose was administered.
While pre-departure testing is waived for fully vaccinated arrivals in Canada, arrivals may be selected for random testing upon arrival in the country. However, they will no longer be expected to be quarantined pending their result.
Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the announcement signaled that the country was “entering a transition phase of this pandemic”. Other popular destinations, including Mauritius and the Maldives, are also scrapping pre-departure testing.
Current rules require arrivals aged five and over to provide a negative test result – either a PCR performed within 72 hours of departure or a professionally observed lateral flow within 24 hours – or proof of infection recently in order to enter Canada.
Air Canada’s vice-president of government and community relations, David Rheault, welcomed the lifting of the requirement, saying the rule change “would provide travelers with more certainty, allowing them to plan their next trip with more confidence. “.
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