Canada Will Bring Back Random COVID-19 Testing For Fully-Vaxxed Int'l Air Travellers

Just over one month after the government dropped the measure.

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Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

Canada will reintroduce mandatory random COVID-19 testing at airports for fully vaccinated travellers entering the country. The measure will take effect in international airports in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary on July 19, just over one month after the federal government dropped it.

The move comes amid increasing domestic case counts and hospitalizations as the new Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 continue to spread.

Unlike the last time officials instituted the measure, random mandatory testing will occur outside airports, through either in-person appointments at designated sites or virtual appointments.


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Fully vaccinated international air travellers selected for random testing will get information to set up their appointments via email after submitting their customs declaration.

In a press release, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said it was always the government's intention for border measures to "remain flexible and adaptable." He said officials would continue to alter measures as necessary.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra suggested the measure was especially necessary amid a global uptick in travel.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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