As the caseload is shrinking, Covid’s rules are changing. In late February, it was announced that vaccinated travelers could submit a rapid test instead of the PCR. And now, they are completely exempted from the pre-departure test.
The Canadian government informed that as of April 1st, fully vaccinated travelers landing in Canada will not need to present a negative Covid test before their flight. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that security measures will continue to be adjusted for Covid.
He said, “Today’s announcement is encouraging, but let’s remember that all measures are subject to review.”
From the start of the pandemic until now, anyone entering the country needs to show a negative Covid test for at least 72 hours before the flight. But next month, the fully vaccinated will be exempt from this rule.
Travelers with one or no vaccination will still need to take a Covid test on landing in Canada and a 14-day quarantine. Another rule that remains in place is the completion of the security record in the ArriveCAN application. The form must be completed by all travelers regardless of their vaccination status.
Minister Duclos said, “We have the power – individually and collectively – to reduce the impact of the virus in our lives.”
He mentioned that following up with care is important and a smart decision, as it can save those close to us.
This rule change will also benefit the Frontier Duty-Free Association. They have been calling for this rule change because, as they explained, “it will allow border businesses, such as land border duty-free stores, to get on the road to recovery.”
More rules could change in the coming months, depending on how we find ourselves around Covid.