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Read about COVID-19 test for Canadians travelling small tours

Key takeaways: 

  • The trip must be below 72 hours. 
  • The federal government declared Friday that Canadians going abroad for shorter than 72 hours won’t have to take a COVID-19 test when re-entering Canada commencing Nov. 30. 

Canada residents no longer need to take a coronavirus test for less than 72 hours trip: 

Beginning on Nov. 30, completely vaccinated Canadians travelling small tours abroad will no longer require evidence of a negative COVID-19 test to return, Ottawa approved at a press conference Friday. 

The federal government announced the test release will implement to completely vaccinated Canadians and living citizens who leave and re-enter Canada in 72 hours. The law will also implement unvaccinated people with a right of entry if they are below the age of 12 and followed by their completely vaccinated parents, or can’t be vaccinated for medicinal purposes. 

For now, Canadians returning from extended tours and international travellers entering Canada will still have to give confirmation of a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of their departing flight or intended landing at the land border. 

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The government announced passengers travelling shorter tours take smaller risks. 

“If a Canadian wanted to go across for a swift shopping tour in the U.S., maybe get some standard gas or whatever … the real risk for themselves, as well as obviously when they come back to Canada, is pretty insignificant,” stated Dr Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer. Source – cbc.ca

Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam stated that at this point, Canada isn’t stretching the test release to American tourists travelling quick tours for logistical causes. She told Canada can trace the number of times Canadians use abroad, but can’t do the equivalent for Americans.

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