PCR-test not required for Canadians coming from short foreign trips

Published on : Thursday, November 18, 2021


On Friday, Canada announced no need to take PCR tests of the vaccinated travellers who are returning from foreign trips of 72 hours or less than that. Canadian travellers, business groups and municipalities close to the American border to be welcomed with a sigh of relief.

Canadian residents who travel abroad need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of re-entering the country in order allowed through the border. Canadians who reported paying up to $300 for a PCR analysis can take up to 48 hours for results to be delivered and more easily available internationally compared to antigen rapid tests.

Senators like- Chuck Schumer, Amy Klobuchar, Susan Collins, and Mike Crapo said the Canadian government needs to take a pre-molecular COVID-19 test of the vaccinated travelers, which is costly. This expense can affect tourism and will be statutorily costly for single persons who travel across the northern border daily. In Perrin Beatty’s point of view (CEO and President of Canadian Chamber of Commerce) the current  PCR test requirement is an “absurdity” and needs to be dropped.

Jean-Yves Duclos (Health Minister) promised to update travel requirements for Canadians returning to the country would come soon on Tuesday. The changes will arrive just before the holidays in order to allow cross-border shopping to pick up leading in the month of December. Regulations will be the same coming from the north as going south on the Canada-U.S. border.

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