British Columbia Sun

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

All tourists will once again require a molecular COVID-19 test ere reaching Canada


Key takeaways: 

  • Canada will again no longer restrict flights from 10 African nations.
  • Passengers to require a molecular covid-19 test before arriving in Canada. 

The molecular covid-19 test required for travellers ere reaching Canada: 

Canada is boosting testing needs for international tourists and plunging its travel prohibition on flights from 10 African nations as the government attempts to suppress the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Beginning Tuesday, all tourists will once again require to get a COVID-19 molecular test ere returning to Canada. The declaration from Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos moves back an immunity declared the previous month that completely vaccinated Canadians and permanent citizens taking short journeys abroad, under 72 hours, wouldn’t require proof of a negative test ere returning home.

“As of Dec. 21, the need for pre-arrival testing will be in place again for journeys of all time,” he stated, adding the pre-arrival tests must be taken above of Canada. Source –

Also read: B.C. restricts indoor meetings revokes New Year’s events as Omicron reaps-up pace

Canada to raise the ban on flights arriving from African 10 countries

Duclos stated the government has developed the capacity to also test comings at Canadian airports, raising it from testing 11,000 air tourists a day on Nov. 30 to 20,960 tests as of Dec. 16, and plans on making up capacity at the land border also. 

Prohibition on comings from African nations raises Saturday

Friday’s report also included terminating the prohibition on flights from 10 African nations, a step that garnered fuss for needlessly penalising nations even though Omicron is already dispersing in Canada. The banning covered flights from South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt.

It raises Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

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