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Canada's Border Measures Have Changed — Here's What You Need To Know

The government has officially eased its border restrictions.

Associate Editor, MTL Blog
Canada's Border Measures Have Changed — Here's What You Need To Know

On February 15, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) issued a news release announcing a number of changes to the current border measures. The federal government said it is beginning to enter a phase of adjusting travel restrictions, which will allow Canada to move toward a "more sustainable approach to long-term management of COVID-19."

As of February 28, on-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers will be eased. According to the news release, "Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing."

If you are randomly selected, the PHAC said that you will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting your results.

The agency announced that children under 12 years of age who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults will continue to be exempt from quarantine and can return to school, camp or daycare immediately after entry.

As for unvaccinated travellers, testing will continue to be required upon arrival and on day eight, and a two-week quarantine will be required, the release said.

The government stated that unvaccinated foreign travellers will not be allowed to enter the country unless they meet "one of the few exemptions."

Travellers entering Canada by an air, land or marine port of entry will now be able to use a COVID-19 rapid antigen test result taken the day prior or a molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

COVID-19 rapid antigen tests must be administered by a lab, health care entity or telehealth service, as at-home tests will not be accepted, the government said.

Canada is also changing its travel health notice from a level 3 to a level 2 — meaning the "government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes," the news release said.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra stated that the changes in border measures were made "possible in part because Canadians have stepped up, rolled up their sleeves and gotten vaccinated."

"These measures will allow vaccinated Canadians to once again reunite with family and friends and reap the economic benefit that travel provides," he said.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

    Mike Chaar
    Associate Editor, MTL Blog
    Mike Chaar is an Assistant Editor for MTL Blog focused on recalls in Canada and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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