Canada is Returning to Pre-Omicron Travel Requirements

The Government of Canada has announced that it will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes and will be returning to the travel measures put in place before the appearance of the COVID19 Omicron variant. Since February 28th, travelers arriving to Canada who qualify as fully vaccinated may be randomly selected for additional testing, but they’ll no longer be required to wait for their results in quarantine.

Furthermore, travelers can now opt for rapid COVID19 antigen tests or any PCR, NAT, NAATs, RT-LAMP results to meet pre-entry requirements, however, any test results presented must be authorized by the country in which it was purchased, and the test must be administered by an accredited laboratory or health institution for the test results to be considered valid. Children under 12 years old, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will no longer need to wait 14 days in isolation before attending school, camp or daycare.

Unvaccinated Canadians returning home will be required to quarantine for 14 days and take a test on the 8th day after their arrival, while unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter Canada unless they meet one of the few exemptions