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Random COVID-19 testing to resume at Canadian airports


Random COVID-19 testing to resume at Canadian airports

The government of Canada is committed to keeping Canadians safe from COVID-19. As part of this commitment, the government has announced that it will resume random COVID-19 testing at Canadian airports. As the pandemic continues, it is important for countries to resume random COVID-19 testing in order to monitor the spread of the virus. This will help to identify any new strains of the virus and prevent them from spreading. Random testing will also help to identify any asymptomatic carriers of the virus and isolate them before they can infect others.


As of July 19, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air in Canada will have to undergo random COVID-19 tests again. Testing will be conducted at Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto's major airports. Those selected for a random test will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of finishing their customs declaration describing how to get a test. If the result of the arrival test is positive, passengers must spend 10 days in isolation, even if the province or territory's requirement is less than that.


Random COVID-19 testing

Random COVID-19 testing

The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a need for new and improved methods of testing for the virus. One method that is gaining popularity is random testing. COVID-19 random testing is a process whereby individuals are selected for testing at random, regardless of whether they have symptoms of the disease or not. This involves selecting people at random to be tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. Random testing has several advantages over other methods of testing.


First, it helps to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus, who may be unaware that they are infected and able to spread the disease to others. Second, it provides a more accurate picture of the prevalence of the virus in a population. Third, it can help to identify hot spots where the virus is spreading rapidly, so that containment measures can be put in place. While random testing is not without its challenges, it is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19.


Fully Vaccinated Traveller


A traveller is considered fully vaccinated if they have received both doses of a vaccine that is authorized for use in Canada, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must also wait for the recommended amount of time after receiving your final dose before travelling. The specific requirements will vary depending on which vaccine you receive. For example, if you receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you must wait 14 days after your second dose before travelling. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you must wait 28 days after your final dose. It is important to note that even if you are fully vaccinated, you may still be required to quarantine upon returning to Canada. Therefore, it is advisable to check the requirements of your destination before travelling.


Places for the random COVID-19 tests to be conducted


As part of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all four major airports in Canada will be implementing enhanced testing protocols. The airports selected for testing are Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and Calgary International Airport. Travellers arriving at these airports from international destinations will be directed to a designated testing area, where they will be required to provide a valid negative COVID-19 test result or self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. The enhanced testing protocols are an important part of the government's efforts to keep Canadians safe, and they will help to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is controlled.


The Ottawa government has announced that it will resume random COVID-19 testing at Canadian airports. This measure is intended to help prevent the spread of the virus. If you have any questions about this or other immigration-related matters, please contact us at Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services.









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