Canadian health officials announced they will drop Covid-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated Canadians taking short trips into the U.S. The new rule goes into effect Tuesday, November 30.
Public Health Agency of Canada announced November 19 that Canadians and permanent residents leaving from Canada don’t need a Covid-19 test if they will return to Canada within 72 hours. Children under 12 and people medically unable to receive the vaccine are also able to now take short trips without a Covid-19 test. The exemption applies to both land and air travel.
“With vaccination rates increasing around the world, and an evolving epidemiological situation, it is important that Canada's border measures reflect the current global context,” the health agency wrote in its news release.
As of January 15, 2022, travelers who can currently enter Canada without being fully vaccinated, such as essential workers, will need to be fully vaccinated. This includes truck drivers, people reuniting with immediate or extended family (unvaccinated children under 18 will remain exempt), international students who are 18 years old and older, athletes and people with a work permit.
Limited exemptions will be available for workers in agriculture and food processing, marine crews, new permanent residents, people entering on compassionate grounds, refugees and some children under 18 years old, according to the Government of Canada. Those exempt will still need to take a Covid-19 test and quarantine if they test positive.
“The Government of Canada's response to the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to prioritize the health and safety of Canadians,” the release stated. “As vaccination levels, case counts and hospitalization rates evolve, the Government of Canada will continue to consider further targeted measures at the borders – and when to lift or adjust them – to keep Canadians safe.”
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