PCR Testing No Longer Required to Enter Canada

Effective today, April 1, 2022, eligible travellers entering Canada will no longer need proof of negative Covid-19 test result on a PCR nor antigen COVID-19 test. 

Eligibility to Waived Testing Requirement

Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to complete pre-arrival test (which includes the molecular COVID-19 test or an antigen test) to get into Canada by land, air or water.

72-Hour No Testing Requirement by Land Crossing Rule?

I have been asked a question in person quite a few times since November 8, 2021, when the United States opened its borders to more Canadians. So I thought it would make a post out of it.

The question is: “Can we travel from Canada to the United States by land, return to Canada within 72 hours, and not have to provide a negative Covid-19 test in either direction?” 


All Canadian Air, Rail and Sea Travellers Must by Vaccinated

The Federal Government announced yesterday (October 6, 2021) that all travellers must be fully vaccinated by October 30, 2021 before boarding planes, trains or marine vessels.

Who needs to be fully vaccinated?

All travellers include people who are aged 12 and older. The vaccination rule (fully vaccinated) applies to passengers:

Canadian Border Changes Effective Today

About a month ago, the Canadian government open its borders, slightly, for U.S. residents. Though not fully open, travel restrictions were eased. 

Effective today, September 7, 2021, the exemption list was expanded to all other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption. Basically, those who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption are exempt from: quarantine and Day-8 testing requirement. 

Fully Vaccinated Americans can enter Canada?

Effective today (August 9, 2021), fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents of the United States can enter Canada and skip some of the quarantine rules. The rest of the world (i.e. other foreign nationals) will tentatively have restrictions eased on September 7, 2021. But it doesn’t work the other way around when Canadians want to enter the United States. The U.S. border is still closed to Canada until at least August 21, 2021.

Quarantine Process in Canada (updated April 9, 2021)

Since February 22, 2021, people entering Canada have had to quarantine at an approved hotel, however, there are exceptions to the rule (discussed below). This is an addition to the proof of negative COVID-19 test that needs to be presented at the border.

It has been a couple of months since all these rules came into effect, so I thought I’d put together a more comprehensive guide overall and provide any updates since then.

Travellers Returning to Canada to Quarantine in Hotels, but…

These warnings are becoming more of a reality as the Prime Minister announced today that travellers who are returning to Canada will soon have to quarantine in hotels … at their own cost. The point of this measure is to continue to discourage travel outside of Canada. The more recent one was the 72-hour negative test that came into effect on January 7, 2021.