Effective February 15, 2021, the Government of Canada is requiring that all travellers returning to Canada by land provide a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours of their entry into Canada. The type of tests which will be accepted include:
- PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
- RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
- Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
For a complete list of accepted test types, please access the following Government of Canada website, https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada.
COVID-19 testing sites throughout the United States, searchable by state, can be found here, https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/testing/index.html.
Before travelling to Canada, all travellers must plan for their mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which starts on the date they arrive. Travellers returning to Canada must quarantine, in their home (if suitable), for 14 days even if they:
- have tested negative for COVID-19
- unless they’re taking part in the Alberta pilot program with a reduced quarantine
- have been vaccinated for COVID-19
- recovered from COVID-19
Details on further restrictions, including the hotel quarantine requirement, will be provided to members as soon as updated information is available.