The Canadian government announced to ease the travel and border measures further as Canada has passed the peak of the Omicron variant. The public health agency of Canada stated, “As provinces and territories adjust their public health measures, and as we transition away from the crisis phase, it is now time to move towards a more sustainable approach to long-term management of COVID-19.”
The transition is possible due to several factors, like high vaccination rates, a boost in availability and usage of rapid tests, a significant fall in hospitalization rates and the growing availability of domestic therapeutics and treatments.
With effect from February 28, the Canadian Government will implement the following adjustments to its current border measures, indicating the beginning of a phased easing of travel restrictions:
· Easing the on-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Canada from any country. The authority randomly chooses them for arrival testing and no longer need to quarantine them while waiting for their test results.
o Those children (below 12 years) travelling with their fully vaccinated parents will be exempted from quarantine. So, for example, they don’t need to wait 14 days before joining school, day-care or camp.
o Unvaccinated travellers will need to test on arrival on Day 8 and quarantine for at least 14 days. As well, unvaccinated overseas citizens will not be allowed to travel to Canada without meeting one of the few exemptions.
· Travellers will have an option to use a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result either taken a day before their scheduled flight or arrival at the border or marine port of entry). They also have an option to provide a molecular test result taken within 72 hours before scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry) to meet pre-entry criteria.
Please note rapid antigen test taken at home will not meet the pre-entry requirement; travellers must take a test that is authorized by the country where it was purchased. Also, the test must be administered by an official laboratory, telehealth service or healthcare entity.
· The Canadian government will also adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3 to a Level 2, which means the travellers entering Canada for non-essential purposes will no longer be advised to avoid their travel.
o Travellers must understand the associated risks with international travel, keeping in mind the high cases of Omicron and must take necessary precautions.
o On February 28, 2022, Transport Canada’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will also. Therefore, international passenger flights will be allowed to land at all the Canadian airports designated by the CBS Agency.
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