DestinationsCanada restarts its mandatory random Covid-19 testing for inbound air travellers at four major airports.

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Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated will be selected at random to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing outside of the airport.
Both the vaccinated and unvaccinated will be selected at random to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing outside of the airport. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Alessandro Biascioli

Destinations around the world have been dialling back on Covid-19 entry requirements in recent months, but Canada is reverting to stricter procedures for incoming visitors.

After pausing random Covid-19 testing at airports on 11 June, the Canadian government has resumed the policy again since 19 July for international air travellers arriving in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal or Toronto.

Regardless of whether the traveller is vaccinated or not, they will have to undergo mandatory testing should they be randomly selected. This time round though, selected travellers will have to make their way to offsite facilities outside the airport for the Covid-19 tests to be conducted, rather than take the test at the airport itself.

According to a statement released by Canadian authorities, the rationale for moving testing outside of airports “will support testing for travellers arriving by air while still being able to monitor and quickly respond to new variants of concern, or changes to the epidemiological situation.”

An email notification will be sent to travellers selected for mandatory random testing within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration. The email will contain information about where travellers can go to arrange for their test.

If a visitor tests positive for Covid-19, they are required to observe a quarantine period of 10 days from the date of their test result.

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