New COVID-19 test requirement for entry into Canada
Effective January 7th, 2021:
- All air travellers five years of age and older are required to provide their airline with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to departing from another country to Canada.
- The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the travellers departure to Canada.
- Anyone who receives a negative PCR test result and is authorized to enter Canada is still required to do the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon immediate arrival.
- At the moment, The Government of Canada has not yet published a list of available testing facilities for every country. Visit https://travel.gc.ca/ for official updates.
- If your flight to Canada departs from one of the recognized countries identified by the Government of Canada without PCR testing facilities, you may still travel, however upon arrival to Canada you will be required to 14-day quarantine in a Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine location.
- The Government of Canada will be increasing surveillance efforts to ensure that all travellers entering Canada are completing their mandatory 14-day quarantine period under the Quarantine Act.
You do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test if:
- Your flight to enter Canada is prior to January 7, 2021 and/or
- You are only transferring through a Canadian airport from one international airport to another, without entering Canada.
Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/ for more official updates and information. You will be able to find a FAQ section with up to date questions on the new testing requirements.
The following airlines have updated information on the new measures and can be viewed as follows:
Airline COVID-19 Information: