COVID-19

Federal Government to Lift Pre-Entry COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travellers

The Federal Government has announced that effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 a.m., fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter Canada.

Fully vaccinated travellers may be required to take an on-arrival COVID-19 test if selected for mandatory randomized testing. If selected, these travellers are not required to quarantine while awaiting the test result.   

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers eligible to enter Canada will continue to be required to provide proof of a pre-entry COVID-19 test result, unless otherwise exempt. Specifically, all travellers age 5 or older who do not qualify as fully vaccinated will be required to provide:

  • a valid negative antigen test result, administered or observed by an accredited laboratory or testing provider, taken outside of Canada no more than one day before the traveller’s initially scheduled flight departure time or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry;
  • a valid negative molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before the traveller’s initially scheduled flight departure time or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry; or
  • a previous positive molecular test result taken at least 10 days and no more than 180 days before the traveller’s initially scheduled flight departure time or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry.

In addition, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers eligible to enter Canada will continue to be required to test on arrival, at day 8, and to quarantine for 14 days, unless otherwise exempt.

All travellers must continue to submit their information to the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before their entry into Canada.

The Federal Government’s official news release on this adjustment to COVID-19 border measures can be found here.

We will continue to update our clients with information as soon 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 COVID-19 website resources.

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