Canadian Feds to lift PCR test requirement for short trips
The Canadian federal government will be lifting the PCR test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers returning to Canada after short trips.
This means that as soon as this re-entry requirement comes into effect, travellers who are coming back into the country within 72 hours of their departure will no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. The PCR test requirement will remain in effect for trips longer than 72 hours.
All travelers entering Canada, regardless of vaccination status, have been required to present proof of a molecular COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of crossing the land border or boarding a flight.
These tests can cost anywhere between $150 to $300. Antigen tests, which generally only cost $40 to $60, are not accepted for entry in Canada.
For trips under 72 hours, travellers could take a COVID-19 test in Canada before departure under the current rules.
Pressure has been mounting on the federal government to lift the PCR test entry requirement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed the issue with provincial and territorial premiers during a conference call on Tuesday.
The U.S. also opened its land border for non-essential travel on Nov. 8. Fully vaccinated travellers crossing into the U.S. by land or ferry aren’t required to present a COVID-19 test result. For air travellers, antigen tests are accepted for entry into the U.S.