Canada to require negative COVID-19 test from all international arrivals
Air passengers entering Canada will soon need to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in the country, the federal government announced Wednesday.
Travellers must receive a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within a 72-hour period prior to boarding a plane. “I can announce that Canada will quickly implement the requirement for all arriving passengers to have a negative PCR COVID test three days before arriving in Canada,” Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said.
He did not specify when the requirement will be put in place.
The measure does not replace the federal government’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair informed. “This is not an alternative to quarantine. It’s an additional layer,” Blair said during a public health briefing.
According to the minister, the Canada Border Services Agency also will be increasing its presence at airports across Canada. “Additional border officers will be present at various positions to reinforce compliance messaging,” Blair said, adding that teams already have been sent to customs and baggage areas and inspection lines to speak to travellers about their obligations — and the consequences of failing to follow the rules.