Return of Mandatory Random Return to Country Testing

Return of mandatory random tests back home


International travelers returning to Canada will once again be able to get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival on Tuesday, as the federal government ordered the resumption of this barrier measure due to an upsurge in positive cases.

The measure concerns fully vaccinated people, i.e. those who have received at least two doses of a vaccine recognized by Health Canada at least 14 days before their date of arrival in country.

Unlike previous months, mandatory random tests can now be carried out outside airports, a decision “welcomed” by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), which explains in an email that “few changes are to be expected in airport operations. ”.

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People selected for the test will be able to return to designated shops or pharmacies. They will also be able to do an online self-test during a virtual appointment.

Apart from Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau airport, the airports of Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver are also targeted by the resumption of this measure.

Ottawa had suspended random testing on June 11, but the passport crisis, long lines at airports and a relative drop in cases had prompted the government to put the measure on pause.

Selected individuals will receive an email within 15 minutes of receipt of their declaration to Canadian Customs.

Travellers who have tested positive will be required to self-isolate a period of 10 days.