Canada appears to have the pandemic situation under control and is planning to relax the current entry rules.
In the United States, there have long been calls for further easing of entry restrictions. But once again Canada is going ahead and planning to simplify the rules. Accordingly, a PCR test on admission should no longer be mandatory, e.g. Daily News Reported. However, entry is still denied to those who have not been vaccinated.
Entry will be done soon without test?
Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinate travelers around the world in early September, ahead of the United States. Passengers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland may re-enter Canada provided they have full immunization protection and submit a negative PCR test prior to departure, which was performed no later than 72 hours prior to departure. Rapid antigen tests are not permitted to date. Entry without vaccination is allowed only under certain permits. However, they will have to undergo another PCR test on entry and go into 14-day quarantine. Meanwhile, after the arrival of the vaccinated people, another PCR test has also been debated. However, it is now clear that Canada will be easing entry requirements for this group of people again.
On February 28, 2022, the country’s government intends to relax restrictions in a big way. This includes, above all, a negative rapid antigen test upon admission, in addition to proof of a complete vaccination. It can be assumed that this cannot be done no earlier than 24 hours before departure. In addition, passengers should continue to fill in the entry registration through the Arivacan app and submit the same upon entry. Other Canadian provinces also want to proceed with ease. Proof of vaccination should no longer be mandatory for most public areas. Recently, the province of Quebec announced a gradual phase-out of vaccination cards on March 14, 2022. However, when traveling by bus, train or plane, proof of full vaccination still applies.
Conclusion on Canada’s laxity
Although there is no end to the additional testing obligation, in my opinion the currently planned easing should be understood only as a first step. Since March, while fully vaccinated people will not have to show proof of PCR test upon entry, a rapid antigen test is also sufficient. At the same time, however, Canada’s borders remain closed without vaccination. The only ray of hope for this group of people: the vaccination certificate requirement for most public institutions in Canada is being gradually phased out in several provinces in the country.
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