February 15, 2022: Easing of border measures effective February 28, 2022
As announced by the Government of Canada, effective February 28, 2022 the following changes to COVID-19 border measures will come into effect:
Travellers have the option to undergo a pre-departure Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) as an alterative to a pre-departure COVID-19 molecular test (e.g. a PCR test)
- Antigen tests will need to be taken 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure and a negative test result will be required to board flights to Canada
- Antigen tests must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service provider
- If opting to undergo a PCR test, it must continue to be taken 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure
Moving back to mandatory randomized on-arrival testing at Canadian airports
- Fully-vaccinated travellers entering Canada will only undergo on-arrival testing if randomly selected and, if selected, will not be required to self-isolate while awaiting the test results
- Unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to mandatory testing on-arrival, on day 8 and will still be required to quarantine for 14 days
Elimination of mandatory public health measures for unvaccinated children under 12
- Unvaccinated children under the age of 12 travelling with fully vaccinated adults will no longer be required to self-isolate or avoid school, camp, daycare of other public spaces for 14 days upon entry to Canada
- Children under 12 will also no longer be subject to testing and other specific requirements
To prove a previous COVID-19 infection, the Government of Canada will continue to require that positive PCR test results are taken at least 10 days and no longer than 180 days before entering Canada
Downgrading the current travel advisory on non-essential travel from a level 3 to a level 2
- The government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes, but all travellers are advised to continue exercising caution when travelling abroad
These transitory measures will be reassessed by the government in the coming weeks and months. Further easing of travel restrictions may be announced in the weeks ahead, including exemptions for short trips under 72 hours and the lifting of additional testing requirements. In addition to the above border measures, it is expected that regional airports will be permitted to reopen for international travel as of February 28, 2022.
Further updates will be provided as more information is provided by the government. Travellers are also encouraged to visit the Government of Canada’s website for the most ongoing updates on COVID-19 border measures.
The very best way we can ensure safety for all is to require that all passengers on our tours be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. It will now be mandatory for all passengers travelling on our tours to have completed their full round of COVID-19 vaccinations a minimum of 14 days prior to departure.
Visit: https://travel.gc.ca/ for latest travel requirements
Travel insurance is highly recommended for cross border excursions.