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Canada brings back random Covid testing for arrivals

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If you are planning to fly to Canada this Summer, you need to be aware that random Covid testing has returned for international arrivals at four Canadian airports:

  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Montreal
  • Toronto
Canada brings back Covid testing for arrivals

It is not clear what percentage of passengers will be chosen for testing or whether the decision will be weighted by the perceived risk of origin point of the incoming flight.

Anyone testing positive following a random test will have to undergo 10 days of quarantine.

There is no exemption from random testing for fully vaccinated travellers. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated would, in any case, be placed into 14 day quarantine on arrival.

Testing will not be done at the airport. You will be notified at the airport if you have been selected, and then have until the end of the following calendar day to take a supervised test.

The official details are on the Canadian Government website here.

Comments (89)

  • AScotInCanada says:

    Re numbers of daily random tests, The National newspaper stated 3600 by air and 800 land were the targets.

    • AndyGWP says:

      What are typical arrivals via those methods of per day (are they still aiming at testing circa 5%?)

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