New COVID-19 test requirement for entry into Canada
Please be advised of the new entry requirements being imposed by the Government of Canada that may affect your upcoming flight to Canada.
The Government of Canada has advised that effective January 7, 2021:
All customers five years of age or older entering Canada from an international destination are required to provide, prior to boarding a flight, a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from the flight to Canada. Some exceptions apply.
At present, the Government of Canada has not yet finalized or published a list of testing facilities for every country. Visit https://travel.gc.ca/ for official updates.
If your flight to Canada departs from one of the recognised countries identified by the Government of Canada as a country where PCR testing is deemed unavailable, you may still travel, however upon landing in Canada, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a Public Health Agency of Canada quarantine location.
Even with a negative COVID-19 PCR test all passengers entering Canada will still have to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
You do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test if:
- Your flight to Canada is prior to January 7; and/or
- You are only transiting through a Canadian airport from one international destination to another, without entering Canada.
Please note that we do not control these directives and that details are subject to change. We recommend you visit https://travel.gc.ca/ for official updates from the Government of Canada. They have also published a list of frequently asked questions about the new testing requirement.
Airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Transat have all posted updates to their websites with the new requirement, as well as resources to help passengers get their PCR tests done.
Here’s a list of info pages:
For Air Canada, click here.
For WestJet, click here.
For Sunwing, click here.
For Air Transat, click here.