The government of Canada has reinstated random COVID-19 testing for passengers entering four major airports. The move could strain the country’s already stretched airline industry and reduce demand for international travel to Canada.
Accordingly, Canada still requires passengers to be fully vaccinated to enter this country. But Canada lifted all screening requirements for passengers who were vaccinated last month. Now, random testing has been mandated again for passengers arriving at Calgary (YYC), Montreal (YUL), Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR) airports.
However, the inspection was moved out of the airport complex. Travelers selected for testing are required to visit government-approved locations such as pharmacies the day after their arrival. If passengers test positive for COVID-19, they will be required to be quarantined for 10 days.
Additionally, passengers flying to Canada must download the ArriveCAN app 72 hours prior to departure. After passengers clear customs, they will receive a message sent to the app within 15 minutes informing them that they have been randomly selected for testing. The app will help passengers find testing locations and book appointments.
According to the Canadian government, testing can be done at the final destination for passengers connecting at four airports to fly to another domestic airport.