Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc announced Wednesday that the federal government would add pre-arrival testing to Canada's COVID-19 travel rules.
"Canada will quickly implement the requirement for all arriving passengers to have a negative PCR COVID test three days before arriving in Canada," the minister said at an early afternoon press conference.
We strongly advise against travel unless it is absolutely necessary.
Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety
The announcement comes a day after Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé made a public request for the measure.
"What's greatly worrying us [...] are the people who have taken the decision to travel despite public health recommendations," Dubé said.
He also asked the federal government to make rapid testing available at airports and for an "intensification" of follow-ups for those undergoing a mandatory quarantine after travelling outside Canada.
Unless exempt, any traveller entering Canada is required to complete a 14-day quarantine period under the Quarantin… https://t.co/AFQInkVISG— Transport Canada (@Transport Canada) 1609252749.0
Federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair signalled that the government was getting ready to do that, too.