The Return of Random Testing
Mandatory random COVID testing has resumed for fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air to Canada’s four largest airports – Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. But this time those selected for testing won’t have to be tested at an airport facility.
When the program resumed on July 19, all testing for air travellers, both those who qualify as fully vaccinated and partially or unvaccinated people, will be completed either via an in-person appointment at select testing provider locations and pharmacies, or a virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, travellers must have been vaccinated with a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel at least 14 calendar days before entering Canada.
Air travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and who are selected for mandatory random testing, as well as air travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration.
The email will contain information to help them arrange for their test with a testing provider in their region. Unvaccinated travellers can complete their tests by a virtual appointment or an in-person appointment with the test provider at their store or at select pharmacies and still respect their quarantine requirements.
All vaccinated travellers who are randomly selected for the border testing surveillance program must complete arrival mandatory testing requirements.
If the arrival test result is positive, they must go into isolation and follow the federal requirement to isolate for 10 days from the date of the test result. The government says this 10-day isolation is required, even if the isolation requirement is shorter in specific provinces or territories.
Travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, unless exempt, must continue to test on Day 1 and Day 8 of their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
All travellers must continue to use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada, and/or before boarding a cruise ship destined for Canada, with few exceptions.