Attention, passengers! Canada is bringing back COVID-19 travel testing requirements for certain countries starting this Thursday, January 5th, 2023.
All air travellers over two years old will be required to present a negative test result before boarding their flight to Canada, regardless of their nationality or vaccination status.
The countries included in the new travel testing requirement are China, Hong Kong, and Macao, all of which are experiencing a “surge” in cases, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
The measures are temporary and will remain in place for 30 days, at which time they will be reassessed as more data becomes available.
Effective today, the Government of Canada has put in place temporary #Covid19 health measures for air travellers arriving to Canada from #China, #HongKong or #Macao. For more info: https://t.co/qZD9nsyP1s pic.twitter.com/bYwyiQhfck
— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) January 5, 2023
Passengers can provide either a molecular or antigen test result, as long as it is taken no more than two days before their scheduled departure.
Alternatively, travellers can also show documentation of a positive test result taken within the prior 10 to 90 days before the traveller boards the plane.
According to PHAC, passengers who fail to provide these documents will be denied boarding.
Travellers arriving in Canada from international destinations will now be asked if they have travelled to any of these three countries in the last 10 days.
Those who confirm that they have will be given public health information by the Canada Border Services Agency.
So if you have big travel plans coming up, keep these new measures in mind.