OTTAWA — The federal government will be easing testing requirements for fully vaccinated travellers at the end of the month.

Effective February 28, Canada will eliminate its pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Instead, a negative rapid-antigen test result will be accepted to meet entry requirements. Only those randomly selected for a PCR test at the border will have to take one but will not have to quarantine while waiting for results. Unvaccinated travellers, however, will continue to be tested on arrival.

“All measures are subject to re-evaluation,” said Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. “It’s important to note that if the epidemiological situation continues to improve, if hospitalizations continue to diminish and Canadians continue to get their booster shots, further easing of travel restrictions could be considered in the coming weeks.”

The government will announce a plan regarding cruise ship travellers in the coming weeks.


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