New COVID-19 Test Requirement for Entry into Canada

December 31, 2020

On Dec 31st, the Government of Canada announced new entry requirements for air travellers entering Canada. The following stipulations will become effective Jan. 7, 2021:

  • All travellers five years of age or older entering Canada from an international destination are required to provide, prior to boarding a flight, a negative COVID-19 PCR test. 
  • The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from the flight to Canada. Some exceptions apply.
  • At present, the Government of Canada has not yet finalized or published a list of testing facilities for every country. Visit travel.gc.ca for official updates.
  • Flights to Canada departing from one of the recognised countries identified by the Government of Canada as a country where PCR testing is deemed unavailable, they may still travel, however upon landing in Canada, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine location.
  • Even with a negative COVID-19 PCR test all travellers entering Canada will still have to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Travellers do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test if:

  • Their flight to Canada is prior to January 7; and/or
  • They are only transiting through a Canadian airport from one international destination to another, without entering Canada.

Please note that details are subject to change. We recommend you visit travel.gc.ca for official updates from the Government of Canada. They have also published a list of frequently asked questions about the new testing requirement. For specific questions related to the implementation of the government policy, please contact the government or Canadian Consular Services.

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