Canada Re-Introduces Random COVID-19 Testing On Air Travellers

Canada Re-Introduces Random COVID-19 Testing On Air Travellers

Canada resumes random testing for fully vaccinated air travellers as of July 19. The mandatory random testing for air travellers was earlier paused on June 11.


As we have said all along, Canada’s border measures will remain flexible and adaptable, guided by science and prudence. We need to keep border testing measures in place because that is how we track importation of the COVID-19 virus, and of new variants of concern. We will keep adapting our border measures to balance the need to protect Canadians while supporting our economic recovery,” assured honorable Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos.

Testing will resume at the four major Canadian airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Those selected for a random test will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration, explaining how they can arrange for a test. 

A fully vaccinated traveller must have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before entering Canada.

Travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated must continue to complete a 14-day quarantine and test themselves on day one and eight.

Selected partially vaccinated can complete their tests by virtual appointment or an in-person appointment at select pharmacies and still respect their quarantine requirements. If the arrival test results are positive, travellers are advised to go into isolation for 10 days, irrespective of the province or territory isolation requirement.

Regardless of vaccination status, the tests will be done outside of the airport, either at an in-person appointment at a testing provider location, or a virtual appointment for a self-swab test. 

All travellers must continue to use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada, with few exceptions.

Click here to read the official announcement.

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