Federal Government Announces Updates to COVID-19 Border Measures

The Federal Government has announced additional changes to the COVID-19 border measures currently in place. Specifically, the Federal Government will be reintroducing pre-entry testing requirements for all travellers entering Canada, and lifting the travel ban and restrictions currently in place for ten African countries.

Effective December 21, 2021, all incoming travellers, regardless of trip duration or location will be required to provide proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test in order to enter Canada. The test must be conducted in a country other than Canada. This reverses border measures announced in November, permitting fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and individuals registered under the Indian Act returning from trips abroad of less than 72 hours to enter Canada without providing proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test.

The Federal Government has also announced that, effective December 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., the enhanced travel restrictions placed on travellers returning from Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, will be lifted.

We will continue to update our clients with information and provide the official news release as it becomes available. If you have any questions about this topic, other COVID-19 related questions, or any questions relating to workplace law generally, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer or refer to the Firm’s other COVID-19 website resources

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