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A senior government official from Toronto confirmed Wednesday that travelers to Canada will no longer require mandatory COVID-19 pre-arrival tests.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to speak publicly ahead of the announcement this week, the official said Canada will no longer require a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for vaccinated travelers as of April 1. Last month, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced that travelers coming to Canada would be able to present a negative rapid-antigen test at the border as an alternative to a more costly molecular test.

Source: NCPR (Canadian Border Services Agency)

While Canada’s handle on COVID-19 cases has been improving over the last several weeks, the World Health Organization says rates have begun to creep up in Europe and other parts of the world.

Random PCR tests will reportedly continue and travelers will still have to use the Arrive-Can app. The current rules require anyone entering Canada to provide proof of a negative rapid test within a day of their flight or within a day of arriving at the border. The government eased some restrictions last month, dropping the PCR test and accepting a rapid test instead.

As opposed to this, the US still requires a pre-arrival test. 

 

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