Canada to ease entry rules at the end of February

By Linsey McNeill
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Fully vaccinated British travellers will no longer need to take a PCR pre-departure test to enter Canada from 28 February.

They will still need to provide a negative test, but they will have the option of providing a cheaper, faster lateral flow test instead.

However, the test must be taken at a clinic, no earlier than the day before their flight or land border crossing. PCR tests can be taken up to 72 hours before departure.

Unvaccinated foreign holidaymakers remain banned, but unvaccinated children travelling with vaccinated adults are exempt from quarantine.

“Today’s announcement is an important step on our pathway to a safe and prudent reopening,” said Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault yesterday.

“This is a gradual process that puts science and evidence at the centre of our decision-making.”

The change will take effect at one minute past midnight on 28 February.

Some arrivals will be selected for random PCR testing, but they won’t have to self-isolate while waiting for their result after 28 Feb.

Unvaccinated arrivals who are permitted entry will still be subject to arrival testing and a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

International flights will also no longer be restricted to certain airports from the end of the month.

In March 2020, Canada banned international arrivals from all but four airports — Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal. This list was expanded to 18 airports last December.

The Canadian Government described the new measures as ‘transitionary’, adding that they  could be reassessed in the coming weeks.

Air Canada tweeted that while the government’s actions were a step in the right direction, more needed to be done.

“Other countries have moved to eliminate pre-departure testing requirements entirely,” Canada’s largest airline tweeted.

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