Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada will ease its border measures
The Public Health Agency of Canada announced changes to border measures on February 15, 2022.
Fully-vaccinated travellers will be able to use a COVID-19 rapid antigen or a molecular test result taken 72 hours before their flight or arrival at the border starting on February 28, 2022.
The government eased the on-arrival testing requirements for randomly selected travellers, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to travel without quarantine while awaiting their test results. Exempted unvaccinated travellers will continue to follow testing and quarantine requirements.
Travelers will now be able to use a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result (taken the day before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) or a molecular test result (taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry requirements.
A rapid antigen test taken at home does not meet the pre-entry requirement. Also, it must be approved by the country where it was purchased and administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity, or telehealth service.
Also, the government will adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2. Therefore, Canadians will no longer be advised to avoid travel for non-essential reasons. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government is advising Canadians to get vaccinated and boosted, wear masks when appropriate, use self-isolation if they experience symptoms, and self-test if they are able.