Canada easing COVID-19 test

Canada easing COVID-19 test requirements for travellers

Canada is easing COVID-19 test requirements for fully vaccinated travellers. Effective February 28, travellers can come to Canada with an antigen test. Also, unvaccinated children will no longer have to quarantine. And international flights to all Canadian airports will resume starting February 28

Starting February 28, Canada will no longer require PCR tests for fully vaccinated travelers and will accept rapid tests.

Fully vaccinated travellers selected for a random on-arrival test will no longer have to quarantine while waiting for results.


Travellers may take rapid tests before arriving in the country. And they can take PCR tests 72 hours before a flight or arrival at the border. Taking a rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement. The test must be by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.


Also, the Canadian government will no longer recommend that Canadians avoid nonessential travel.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended countries lift international travel bans. WHO said that “they do not provide added value” and contribute to economic and social stress. The spread of the Omicron variant has demonstrated that border measures are ineffective against the highly contagious variant.

Important notes about Canada easing COVID-19 test requirements

  • Travellers should check if they are eligible to enter Canada and meet all entry requirements before heading to the border.
  • Travellers still need to upload mandatory documents via the ArriveCAN app before crossing the border.
  • Travellers should consider the availability of medical services in a foreign country, should they test positive for COVID-19 while abroad.
  • Travellers should also understand that there is a continued risk that border and travel measures in other countries, as well as in Canada, may change while they are abroad.
  • Unvaccinated travellers still need to test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days. They will also need to do a test on day eight of their quarantine.


See also Travelling with Canada’s COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Canada announced new ArriveCAN app update for fully vaccinated travellers.

Quotes about Canada easing COVID-19 test requirements

“For two years now, our government’s actions in the fight against COVID-19 have been based on prudence and science. Today’s announcements are a reflection of the progress we have made against this current Omicron variant. … As we have said all along, Canada’s border measures will remain flexible and adaptable, for potential future scenarios.” The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health

“The measures … are possible in part because Canadians have stepped up, rolled up their sleeves and gotten vaccinated. These measures will allow vaccinated Canadians to once again reunite with family and friends and reap the economic benefit that travel provides. We will continue to evaluate our measures and will not hesitate to make necessary adjustments to keep Canadians and our transportation system safe.” The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

“We are committed to a safe reopening; one that provides predictability, flexibility and shows the world that Canada is one of the safest places to travel. Travel is safe and will continue to be safe in Canada. … Canadian economy will not fully recover until our tourism sector recovers and today’s measures will help us safely welcome visitors to Canada.”

The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.