Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Canada drops COVID-19 molecular test requirement for short trips to the U.S.

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OTTAWA, ON – Fully-vaccinated Canadians will soon be able to take a short trip south of the border without having to get tested for COVID-19.

As of November 30th, people who have both doses and who are returning home from the United States after trips of 72 hours or shorter won’t have to show proof of a negative molecular test.

Children under 12 and people with medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine are also covered under the new rules.

Federal Health Minister, Jean Yves-Duclos says this is the first step in this process.

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“This change will apply to trip by both land and air,” said Duclos at a late morning news conference in Ottawa. “I would also like to note we will be re-evaluating the entry requirements for American citizens coming to Canada and will provide an update on any adjustments at a later date.”

Fully-vaccinated Canadians returning from trips longer than 72 hours will still have to show proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test when they get back.

The list of acceptable vaccines travellers may have when entering Canada will also be expanded come the end of the month.

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