OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Travellers flying into Canada will need proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test before stepping onto a plane starting midnight Thursday.
When the new travel rule comes into effect, anyone planning to fly into Canada will have to take a nose-swab test three days before take-off, or they might not be allowed to board.
The requirement will apply to all passengers five years of age or older.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau says orders formalized to require all international travellers coming to Canada to provide a recent negative COVID test result pre-departure. Says the 14 day quarantine still in place when they arrive back in our country #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 6, 2021
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc announced the restriction last week, in a move the federal government has described as another layer of protection to discourage non-essential travel.
No changes were made to the 14-day quarantine requirement. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair explained when the test requirement was first discussed, it would supplement the isolation-period, not shorten the length.
Anyone who does test negative will still need to quarantine for the full 14-day period.
The federal government said last week anyone returning from countries where the test isn’t available will have to quarantine at a federal facility.
Meanwhile, Garneau also announced the U.K. flight ban, which has been in place since Dec. 20 and extended into January, will come to an end at midnight, as well.
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-with files from the Canadian Press