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. Antigen tests are not accepted.
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.
Effective November 30, 2021, Travellers who depart Canada and re-enter the country within 72 hours of leaving will be exempt from the obligation to provide a pre-entry PCR or molecular test result.
This exemption only applies for trips that originated in Canada, and are taken by fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals registered under the Indian Act; it also applies to any children under 12 years and 4 months who are accompanying their family. This does not apply to foreign nationals who originate in Canada, or any person whose travel originates outside of Canada.
Measurement of the 72 hours is from the time your outbound flight is scheduled to depart from Canada until the time that your return flight is scheduled to depart the foreign location back to Canada.
Travellers who meet the above criteria are obligated to be able to demonstrate that they have been away from Canada for less than 72 hours, to be validated by the airline before boarding your return flight to Canada.