Fully vaccinated Canadians will no longer require a PCR test for trips of 72 hours or less

Some good news this week from the Canadian government for those people who make trips outside of Canada. As of November 30 fully vaccinated Canadians will no longer require to have a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test when travelling by land or air. This is the part of the current regulations where you need to have or provide a negative test result prior to returning to Canada. Now those short weekend  cross border shopping trips will become more appealing. Do note you still have to present a negative if you are flying to the U.S. for any period of time.

Here is a snippet of the specifics of this change from the Government of  Canada:

This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada taken by fully
vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals
registered under the Indian Act, who depart and re-enter by land or by air and can demonstrate they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours.

The exemption will also apply to:

  • people with medical contraindications as defined in the Orders in Council (OIC); and
  • unvaccinated children under 12 who are accompanying their parent,
    step-parent, guardian or tutor. The accompanying adult must be fully
    vaccinated (or have a contraindication) and have right of entry into

For fully vaccinated travellers with right of entry into Canada who
are travelling by air, the 72-hour period runs from the initially
scheduled departure time for their flight leaving Canada to the
scheduled departure time for their return flight to Canada. Travellers
will be responsible for maintaining proof of the 72-hour period to show
airline/rail companies and border officials as required (e.g.,
boarding pass, travel itinerary).

Click here to visit the Government of Canada’s website to learn more!

Source: Government of Canada 

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