Canada to mandate negative covid test for arrivals from China

by The Canadian Parvasi

Team Parvasi – Inside

Starting January 5, any International arrivals in Canada from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau would require a negative Covid-19 test, the Federal Government announced on Saturday.

Regardless of nationality or vaccination status, any person aged two or more coming into Canada from the aforementioned places will require a negative covid-19 test to do so.

“As of 12:01 a.m. EST on January 5, all air travellers who are two years of age and older, arriving on flights originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao, will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than two days before their departure, to the airline prior to boarding,” a December 31 news release read.

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Travellers will need to provide a “negative molecular (such as a PCR test), or a negative antigen test” prior to leaving for Canada. The covid-19 test should not be taken more than two days before the departure, according to the news release.

“Passengers who tested positive more than 10 days before their departure flight, but no more than 90 days, can provide the airline with documentation of their prior positive, in place of a negative test result,” the statement further read.

The mandatory testing comes as other countries like the US, the UK,  and Japan have also begun to take similar precautionary measures for arrivals from China.

 

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