Saturday 19 February 2022

COVID-19: Canada scrapping pre-arrival PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers

Global News in Canada shows that Canada country will eliminate its pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers at the end of the month, officials say. 

Federal Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos made the announcement alongside Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino, Minister of Tourism Randy Boissonnault, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc during a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday afternoon. 

"It is time to adjust our approach," Duclos certainly said.

As of Feb. 28, a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result will be accepted to meet entry requirements. Only those randomly selected for a PCR test at the border will have to take one but will not have to quarantine while waiting for results, Duclos said. 

The government will also be lifting restrictions for children under 12 who are not fully vaccinated and travelling with fully vaccinated adults, meaning they will no longer need to wait before going to school or daycare. 

Unvaccinated travellers will really continue to be tested on arrival. 

Additionally, as the spread of Omicron continues to ease, Canada will lower its travel health notice from level three to level two, which means the government will no longer recommend Canadians avoid all travel for non---essential purposes.

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