We wanted to share an important update with you about upcoming requirements for air travel to Canada.
Effective Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. EST, mandatory COVID-19 testing and negative results will be required for air travellers flying to Canada from another country.
The Government of Canada announced that all air travellers five years of age or older will be required to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 PCR testing before entering Canada. The PCR test will need to be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled flight departure to Canada, and documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding. The negative test requirement is in addition to the mandatory 14-day quarantine that is required for international travel to Canada.
Travellers with scheduled return flights to Canada between January 1-6, 2021 will not be impacted by the upcoming testing requirements. Flights will operate as scheduled, with customers expected to adhere to the protocols already in place, including completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine following their return to Canada.
Travellers with scheduled return flights to Canada on or after January 7, 2021 will be required to take a PCR test within 72 hours prior to their departure time at an approved laboratory in destination. They will need to present documentation of a negative laboratory test result to the airline prior to boarding their return flight to Canada.