Canada has reintroduced the random COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated international travellers in airports from July 19 onwards. The testing will resume in four major Canadian airports, which are Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. The travellers who are selected for the random test will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration. The email will explain how they can arrange for the test. The travellers who are not fully vaccinated can complete their tests by virtual appointment or an in-person appointment at select pharmacies. These travellers would still have to respect their quarantine requirements.
If found COVID positive in the test, the travellers will have to go into isolation for 10 days from the date of receiving the test result. They have to complete 10 days of isolation even if the isolation requirement in the province or territory where they reside is shorter.
To be considered as fully vaccinated, travellers must have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Canada or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine at least 14 days before entering Canada. Those who are not fully vaccinated will have to complete a 14-day quarantine and undergo COVID test on day one and eight.
As earlier, the travellers will have to use ArriveCAN through which they should provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours before they arrive in Canada.
Canada has specified that the testing for air travellers, irrespective of their vaccination status will be done outside the airport. It is expected that this would enable Canada to monitor and respond to new variants and other changes in the epidemiological situation.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, Canada had introduced strict border control measures that prevented a huge number of persons, especially immigrants from entering the country. However, with COVID situation now under control, Canada has lifted most of the restrictions for international travellers. The demand for immigrant workers has also increased in Canada in the post pandemic period.