Travellers must take a COVID-19 test before flying to Canada. Here’s what you need to know

If proof of a negative PCR test is not provided to the airline at the time of boarding, travellers will be denied entry to the flight unless exempt.

What if the country I’m in doesn’t provide PCR tests?

Anyone travelling from a country where PCR testing is not available will be required to report to a designated federal quarantine facility maintained by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Travellers will have to stay in that site for the entire 14-day self-quarantine period mandated by existing travel measures.

Anyone planning to travel outside of Canada once the new rules are in place are being urged to check if the country they’re travelling to has PCR testing available before booking a trip.

Who pays for the test?

Travellers can cover the cost of a PCR test through their travel insurance provider, so long as they include COVID-19-related medical expenses in their coverage.

The government is recommending all travellers get travel insurance immediately and make sure their plan covers medical expenses related to the pandemic, including testing and cancellations or rebookings in case of testing delays.

Otherwise, travellers will be responsible for paying for testing themselves. Consular services will also not cover expenses in case travellers cannot return to Canada due to a missing or delayed test.

Anyone whose quarantine plans are ruled to be insufficient will be mandated to quarantine in a Public Health Agency of Canada facility.

The government is still advising all Canadians to avoid any non-essential travel amid the pandemic, which has infected roughly 580,000 people and killed more than 15,600 across the country as of Dec. 31.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Theresa Tam, said Thursday she is deeply concerned Canadians are still traveling for non-essential reasons, ignoring advice not to do so.

“I am asking Canadians to reassess any travel plans,” she said.

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“This pandemic has been very severe, it has spread around the world extremely quickly and has affected every corner of this planet,” Ryan said. “But this is not necessarily the big one. This virus is very transmissible and kills people, it has deprived so many people of loved ones. But its current case fatality is reasonably low in comparison to other emerging diseases. This is a wake-up call.”
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He added that the threats will continue, and because our planet is so “fragile,” we must learn from the coronavirus pandemic and “get out act together.”

Ryan also said that there is a possibility of never eradicating COVID-19 — despite the recent rollout of safe vaccines.

南昌桑拿论坛“The likely scenario is the virus will become another endemic virus that will remain somewhat of a threat, but a very low-level threat in the context of an effective global vaccination program,” he said.

“It remains to be seen how well the vaccines are taken up, how close we get to a coverage level that might allow us the opportunity to go for elimination,” he said. “The existence of a vaccine, even at high efficacy, is no guarantee of eliminating or eradicating an infectious disease,” he said.
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The warning comes more than two weeks after a highly-contagiousous coronavirus variant was announced by the British government.
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The strain, referred to by some experts as the B.1.1.7 lineage, is not the first new variant of COVID-19, but it has rapidly become the dominant strain in cases of COVID-19 in many parts of United Kingdom. To date, there is no evidence that it causes more severe illness.

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On Dec. 26, Canada reported the first two cases of the coronavirus variant that was found in the U.K. The variant has also and has spread to Australia, Japan and several European countries.

The WHO previously said that the newly authorized vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, should still work against the new coronavirus variant.