Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada will remove the pre-entry test requirement for fully vaccinated travellers
The government of Canada announced on March 17, 2022, that starting April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to provide a COVID-19 test result prior to entering Canada.
Until that date, all fully vaccinated travellers are subjected to mandatory random testing. All unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated travellers 5 years of age or older who are currently allowed to travel to Canada will have to follow pre-entry testing requirements.
All travellers, as well as returning Canadian residents still will have to provide mandatory information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours prior to their arrival in Canada. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Canadians can continue to get vaccinated and boosted, use masks when appropriate, self-isolate if they have symptoms, and self-test.
However, before crossing the border, travelers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements. Some provinces and territories may have their own entry restrictions in place. Therefore, it is important to check and follow both the federal and any provincial or territorial restrictions and requirements before travelling to Canada.