Canada Reinstates Border Covid Testing Requirement For Short Trips As Omicron Spreads

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Canada announced it is reinstating its COVID-19 testing requirement for trips less than 72 hours starting Tuesday, December 21, 2021, just days before Christmas holiday travel.

Previously, fully vaccinated Canadians were allowed to depart and re-enter the country within 72 hours without a pre-entry test.

However, as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads, Canadian officials announced Friday that all travelers would need a negative PCR test to re-enter. The test must be taken in a country other than Canada, according to the government’s website.

Travelers are still required to fill out the ArriveCAN form, which requires them to confirm which port of entry they’re using, upload vaccination status and submit their COVID-19 test result. The form is available through a mobile app and online.

Unvaccinated travelers returning to Canada also are still required to quarantine for 14 days.