Click here for updates to this story
TORONTO (CTV Network) — With COVID-19 restrictions at the border in place for at least another month, some Canadians may need a primer on what those rules are.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced that some pandemic restrictions will be extended at Canadian airports and land borders, including vaccination mandates, random testing for COVID-19 and mandatory use of the ArriveCan app until at least June 30.
While few Canadians are still worried about travel, some are ready to take a vacation after more than two years of the pandemic. CTVNews.ca talks about the rules travelers should be aware of when planning their trips before departure.
PRE-ELECTION TESTING IS NO LONGER REQUIRED
As of April 1, fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result before entry to enter Canada by air, land or water.
Passengers can still undergo mandatory random PCR testing at the airport – partly to track new, emerging variants of COVID-19 – although they won’t need to isolate themselves while waiting for the results.
Effective April 25, children aged 5 to 11 traveling with a fully vaccinated parent or guardian will no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 before entering Canada, regardless of whether the child is vaccinated. Children under the age of five will also not need to be pre-tested for COVID-19 and are exempt from vaccination requirements. APPENDIX
All travelers arriving in Canada, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must still use the ArriveCAN app to provide their health information prior to arrival in Canada. Travelers must provide their information to ArriveCAN within 72 hours prior to arrival at the port of entry.
Travelers who arrive without completing an ArriveCAN application may need to be tested on arrival and on the eighth day of their 14-day quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status. Foreign nationals may also be denied entry if they do not complete the ArriveCAN application.
Any traveler who fails to provide their information and proof of vaccination with ArriveCAN may be fined $5,000.
While travelers must still use the ArriveCAN app, the federal government has removed the requirement for those entering the country to track and report any COVID-19 symptoms they experience. Those coming from overseas will also not need to maintain a list of close contacts and places visited for the first 14 days after arriving in Canada. PROOF OF VACCINATION STILL REQUIRED
Despite the removal of pre-entry testing requirements, the requirement to be fully vaccinated with a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine to board federally regulated air, rail, and sea transportation remains in place.
Pre-entry testing requirements have not changed for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers who…