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
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
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