Canada Soon Requires Negative PCR-RT Test From All Air Arrivals


Canada’s border has been closed for most non-citizen/resident arrivals for a while, although essential business travel is allowed.

Canadian government tries to lower non-essential travel (read leisure) by its citizen by soon requiring all air arrivals to have a negative Covid-19 PCR-RT test administered not more than 72 hours before scheduled departure.

Remember that Canadians have been welcomed to the US by air (no entry ban by the US) the entire time, while Americans are currently not welcomed in Canada.

Here’s an excerpt from the CBC:

Air passengers entering Canada will soon need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in the country, the federal government announced today.

Under the new protocol, travellers must receive a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within a 72-hour period prior to boarding a plane. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said he expects the new rule will be in force within a week.

The measure does not replace the federal government’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair warned.

Canadian’s unable to get PCR-RT test administered before returning to home will be administered one upon return and quarantined at “federally-approved” sites:

Travellers who are unable to procure tests before their flights home won’t be stranded abroad, LeBlanc said. Immediately upon their return to Canada, he said, those passengers will be required to isolate at federally-approved sites until they obtain negative test results and meet other quarantine commitments.

The minister said it would be “irresponsible” for any Canadian traveller to sidestep the testing requirements.


Not sure how this is exactly going to play out?

You need a negative PCR-RT test before returning to Canada, but if you cannot get one, you will be quarantined upon entry until the a has been administered and the result ready.

What if the test is positive? PCR-RT tests can return positive results for weeks after you have recovered from the coronavirus. Is the Canadian government going to house you in a hotel at their expense?

Nothing stops Canadians from flying to the closest airport on the US side and then crossing the border using a car or foot where no tests are required.

In all cases, you are required to quarantine for 14-days upon return.