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Canadian government to lift pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements

Canadian government to lift pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements
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Looks like Canadians will no longer need a pre-arrival COVID-19 test to get back into the country.

In light of the many COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in the country, the Canadian government is planning to end all pre-arrival testing requirements as soon as April 1, 2022.

Despite this new change, travellers are still required to complete the ArriveCAN application prior to their arrival and may be subjected to random PCR testing at the airport. Vaccinated travellers are still expected to show proof of a health professional-administered negative rapid antigen test before boarding a flight or crossing a land border.

This decision comes as positivity rates at the border are on a downward trend, however this decision is still subject to change, depending on the state of the pandemic.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault are expected to provide further detail in a press conference on Thursday.

For more information on COVID-19 in the country, visit the federal government’s website here.

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