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New COVID19 Testing Requirements

Starting January 7, 2021, anyone flying to Canada from another

country, aged 5 and older, will be required to provide written or

electronic documentation showing they received a negative result

from a COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to their

scheduled boarding. The test must be performed using a

COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Persons

who are travelling from a country where 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

14-day quarantine. The special circumstances only apply to

countries where PCR is completely unavailable, and no allowances

will be made to accommodate processing delays.

The test result must be from a lab accredited by an external

organization (e.g., a government, a professional association or ISO

accreditation). Only written or electronic proof of a negative lab

test result (PCR test) conducted within 72 hours prior to boarding

a flight to Canada will be accepted. Passengers who do not provide

proof of a negative test result will be denied boarding. The test

does not replace existing requirements to complete quarantine

details via ArriveCan application, and to quarantine for 14 days

upon arrival.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general

guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought

about your specific circumstances.

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