Here we go again, after just one month of civilized international arrivals in Canada the federal government is resuming their mandatory Covid testing program for randomly selected international arrivals.
Starting next week, passengers that are arriving in Canada from international destinations (even if fully vaccinated) can once again be randomly selected for Covid test and might have their travel thrown into limbo.
There is something about Canada nowadays that really seems to be hell bound on making life as miserable as possible for both citizens and visitors, including this unpopular program that was paused for roughly one month.
As the CBC reports it’s just a matter of a few days until travelers can be picked out of the arriving crowd and forced to be tested again.
The federal government says it will resume mandatory random COVID-19 testing of international travellers arriving at four major airports next week. Fully vaccinated travellers arriving in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal could undergo random testing starting Tuesday.
Ottawa suspended random testing for fully vaccinated travellers last month after airport authorities urged the government to drop the program, saying it was causing long delays at airports. Testing remained in place for those not considered fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated travellers will once again be subject to mandatory testing, although the government is moving the testing out of airports to nearby off-site locations, such as pharmacies. Travellers also can book a virtual self-swab appointment.
Passengers selected for random testing at one of the four major airports who have connecting flights to other cities in Canada will not have to leave the airport for a test prior to their transfer. These passengers can get tested at a participating location at their final destination, or through a virtual self-swab appointment, the government says.
The government maintains that random testing for air travelers is needed to detect new COVID-19 variants. …
But the Conservative Party says the government’s decision to reinstate random testing will hurt the tourism industry and inconvenience travelers.
“More vindictive COVID theatre directed by [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau will only serve to further discourage international travelers while also punishing Canadians enjoying their well-deserved travel plans without unnecessary obstacles,” the party said in a media statement. …
Tourism industry leaders are also criticizing the government’s decision to reinstate testing for international air travellers. The Canadian Tourism Roundtable, which represents the tourism and travel sector, released a statement calling the move “unnecessary.” …
Those selected for random testing must complete the test within one day of their arrival, the government says.
It was announced from the beginning that this break of the ridiculous random covid testing program is only temporary and while this has been stopped at pretty much all other western countries, the Trudeau government is now gearing up again to pester Canadians and international visitors arriving at their airports.
Here is our article from when it was first announced that the program will be paused:
These measures are now completely outdated and even Canadian public health officials noted as much. It’s not a contemporary method anymore to combat Covid which is now rife in pretty much every community in Canada as well as around the world.
When I visited Canada in May I decided to leave my cruise ship a day early and just entered the country at the Port of Victoria rather than flying the next morning from Seattle to Vancouver and deal with all this as an international arrival.
Taking the float plane over from Victoria to Downtown Vancouver was a lot easier and nobody cared about any kind of arbitrary testing this way.
As of Tuesday, July 19th the practice of pulling people aside for random Covid tests at Canadian airports (no matter if the traveler has been vaccinated) will be resumed once more.
It was always unacceptable to have this looming over your head while traveling overseas to Canada or returning home as a Canadian. Either require a test or forego all of these measures but don’t have people randomly selected for such tests.