Canada Implements Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement for Passenger Flights

Effective January 7, 2021, anyone 5 years of age or older entering Canada via air must provide evidence of a negative molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test as a condition for boarding a flight. The test sample must be collected within 72 hours prior to travel, from a lab accredited by an external organization (e.g. a government, a professional organization or an ISO accreditation). Test results issued within 72 hours of travel, but collected outside of the 72 hour window, will not be accepted by airlines. Importantly, individuals with negative test results must still abide by the 14-day quarantine requirement pursuant to the Quarantine Act, unless exempt. Individuals entering Canada via a land border currently do not need to submit a negative PCR test.

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