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COVID-19 Testing Requirements to Enter Canada

A Pre-departure PCR test is required

What you need to know

As of January 7, 2021, Transport Canada requires all air travellers entering Canada from international destinations, five years of age and over, to present a negative or residual positive COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) test result before boarding.

The test will supplement, not replace, the requirements for health questionnaires, temperature checks and face masks.

To comply with this regulation, travellers will be required to present a negative or residual positive PCR or RT-LAMP test at check-in and Canada Customs, taken within 72 hours from their scheduled departure time. Please allow extra time to check in.

It is each traveller’s responsibility to source and pay for their own valid PCR or RT-LAMP test.

For the Government of Canada's news release and other details please visit here.

Test requirements

It is the responsibility of each traveller to ensure they have all the valid travel documents required for entry into Canada.

For inbound flights from the United States, Mexico or Jamaica:

Before boarding, all travellers must provide evidence that they received a negative or residual positive result for a COVID-19 molecular test (PCR or LAMP) that was performed on a specimen that was collected no more than 72 hours before the aircraft’s initial scheduled departure time.

Requirements for residual positive COVID-19 test:

Travellers who present a positive COVID-19 test, after contracting COVID-19 but have since recovered, are permitted to travel to Canada providing they meet the following conditions:

  • The positive test result must be dated at least 14 days but not more than 90 days prior to the scheduled departure flight to Canada.

  • The traveller has to have recovered from COVID-19.

Testing locations

To assist our travellers, we've compiled resources to aid in searching for labs that perform COVID-19 tests. Please note that Swoop is sharing this list for informational purposes only. The details on this list may change at any time and travellers are encouraged to check back regularly.

Locations by destination

Locations by hotel


Children four (4) and under do not need to provide a negative test for COVID-19 before boarding their flight.

People exempt from following the prohibition of entry quarantine act do not need to provide a negative test for COVID-19 before boarding their flight.


Denial of boarding

Travellers will be denied boarding if one or more of the following conditions is met:

  • A traveller will be denied boarding if the test result is positive or inconclusive

  • A traveller will be denied boarding if the test result does not contain a sample date and time prior to the mandated window of testing (72 hours)

  • A traveller will be denied boarding if the test wasn’t processed through PCR or LAMP methodology

  • A traveller will be denied boarding if the test does not contain a name which resembles that of the traveller