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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Canada released its border testing results for 2021

Updated: Jan 13


Canada released its border testing results for 2021

The government of Canada introduced summary data about travellers and testing at state borders on December 24, 2021. According to the report, the results of the border testing from February 21 to July 4, 2021 showed an overall positive percentage of 0.3%-1.5%.


From July 5 to December 11, 2021, the positive border testing results for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers varied between 0.66%-1.2%. The results for fully vaccinated travellers were in the range of 0.16%-0.31%.


Since August 9, 2021, the testing regime for fully vaccinated travellers has been changed to be randomly selected on arrival. The test numbers for vaccinated travellers also significantly decreased since August 9.


All travellers by air and land are required to submit COVID-19-related information electronically using the ArriveCAN app before they arrived in Canada. All travellers, unless exempted, must:

  • confirm they have arrived at a government-authorized hotel or the address they provided for their place of quarantine or isolation within 48 hours of entering Canada and

  • complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during their 14-day quarantine period


At entry, travelers are informed of the compliance monitoring and verification activities, which include:

  • emails

  • calls from an agent

  • interactive automated calls

  • in-person visits


Travellers are also informed of the potential penalties and enforcement actions that may result from non-compliance upon entry.


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