COVID-19: Travel restrictions reduced, testing requirements to be increased

20 Dec 21

CANADA

IMPACT – MEDIUM

The Canadian government has removed its entry restrictions for travelers from South African countries and will increase its testing requirements for all travelers.

Key Points:

  • As of Dec. 18, travelers from Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe can enter the country.
  • Beginning Dec. 21, travelers, including Canadian citizens, leaving the country for less than 72 hours must have proof of a negative PCR test taken in a country other than Canada to enter Canada. Previously, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and those registered under the Indian Act did not have to provide a PCR test if their trip was less than 72 hours.
  • More information regarding the updated entry and testing requirements is available here.

Additional Information: Individuals traveling to Canada continue must submit all required information, including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan, via the ArriveCAN app before arriving in Canada. Information regarding those eligible to enter Canada is available here.

BAL Analysis: Travel restrictions and health requirements may change with little to no notice. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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