COVID-19 Testing Requirement For Air Passengers To Enter Canada – Coronavirus (COVID-19)


COVID-19 Testing Requirement For Air Passengers To Enter Canada

06 January 2021

Moodys Tax Law LLP

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In the continued effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the
Government of Canada has announced that as of January 7, 2021,
anyone seeking admission to Canada (unless exempt – see
below), is required to provide evidence that the traveler has
received a negative COVID-19 test conducted within seventy-two (72)
hours prior to their planned travel.

What type of COVID-19 test must be conducted?

The COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction
(PCR) test, which is also called a “viral
test,” must be performed. An antibody COVID-19 test
will not meet the requirements for entry. The PCR
test result must be performed by a lab accredited by a government,
professional association, or have obtained International
Organization for Standardization (ISO)

When must the traveler’s COVID-19 PCR test be

The COVID-19 PCR test must be conducted within seventy-two (72)
hours prior to boarding a flight to Canada.

Does the COVID-19 PCR testing requirement apply to those
entering Canada via land or sea port-of-entry?

No, the COVID-19 PCR testing requirement only applies to those
entering Canada via air.

What is acceptable evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR

The traveler must have written or electronic proof of a negative
COVID-19 PCR test conducted within seventy-two (72) hours prior to

Will proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine replace this test

While this is likely to be true at some point later this year,
receipt of the vaccine does not replace the COVID-19 PCR testing

What if the COVID-19 PCR test is not available in the country
from which the traveler is returning to Canada?

Travelers from a country where the COVID-19 PCR testing is
unavailable will be required to report to a designated Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine
facility for the duration of their mandatory fourteen (14)
day quarantine.

Which travelers may be exempt from testing

  • Children under the age of five (5);
  • A crew member;
  • Emergency service providers; and
  • Technical stops (i.e. flights refueling).

Does this testing requirement replace other measures
implemented by Canada to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  No, for now, this new COVID-19 PCR
testing requirement does not replace the following key

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