Canada Is Dropping Its COVID-19 Test Requirements But Only For Some Travellers

The federal government has just announced that test requirements to enter Canada will be dropped this month but only for some travellers.

As of November 30, 2021, fully vaccinated people with the right of entry to Canada who leave and re-enter the country within 72 hours of travelling out of Canada won't have to show a pre-entry molecular test when they come back.

This exemption is only for trips originating in Canada that are taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents and individuals registered under the Indian Act who leave and re-enter by land or by air.

It also applies to accompanying children under 12 years old and individuals with medical exemptions to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Travellers will have to demonstrate that they've been out of the country for less than 72 hours in order to be exempt from the testing rule.

For people travelling to the U.S. by air, there are still testing requirements to enter the States. Passengers need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test along with proof of vaccination to the airline before boarding their flight.

With rising concerns over the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, federal officials are reminding Canadians that Canada's travel restrictions are subject to change as the situation unfolds.

In an update on Tuesday, November 30, the feds introduced several new safety measures to address the variant, including increased COVID-19 testing at Canada's borders.

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Travelling Between Canada & The US Could Get Harder Due To The Omicron Variant

Both countries are reportedly reconsidering their travel rules.👇✈️

Due to rising concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, travelling between the U.S. and Canada could get more complicated again.

On Tuesday, November 30, Canadian federal officials introduced several new measures to address the new variant of concern, which includes increased testing at Canada’s borders.

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Canada's Travel Restrictions Are Being Updated Once Again Due To The Omicron Variant

"We're reminding Canadians that travel rules and border rules can always change." 👇✈️

The federal government has revealed that Canada's travel restrictions will be updated once again, in response to rising concerns about the new Omicron variant.

In a press conference on Tuesday, November 30, officials announced three "immediate measures" that aim to prevent the spread of the new variant.

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CBSA Says Hundreds Of People Have Been Caught With Fake Tests & Vax Passports At The Borders

This has happened at both land and air ports of entry in Canada.

According to data from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), it turns out that travellers are trying to circumvent the federal government's rules by showing fake travel documents to get into the country.

In a statement shared with Narcity, CBSA revealed that there have been hundreds of cases where people were caught trying to enter Canada at both land and air borders with suspected fake or fraudulent COVID-19 test results and proof of vaccine certificates.

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