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Information from IRCC on the Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement for Air Travelers and Sponsored Refugees

IRCC has shared the information below on the negative COVID-19 test requirement for air travelers that came into effect on January 07, 2021 and the measures that have been implemented to assist sponsored refugees with meeting this requirement:

  • The Minister of Transport has put in place a new requirement, effective January 7, 2021, that all air passengers five years of age or older are required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
  • Travellers, including refugees, are expected to get a COVID-19 test and obtain the proof of their test result. IRCC has a protocol in place with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide certain COVID-related pre-departure health measures, including testing. In locations where IOM is assisting with the travel arrangements for refugees and has sufficient medical lab capacity, IOM will also assist with the logistics for refugees to get tested for COVID pre-departure with no cost to refugees.
  • After arrival all persons who enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.

REFERENCE: Backgrounder – COVID-19 pre-departure testing and Transport Canada’s Interim Order