The Canadian government has announced that it will lighten its border measures for fully vaccinated travelers on Feb. 28.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Feb. 28, fully vaccinated travelers, regardless of their departure country, will no longer be required to take an on-arrival COVID-19 test. Instead, fully vaccinated travelers will be randomly selected for testing upon arrival.
    • Travelers who are randomly selected for COVID-19 testing will not be required to quarantine while they wait for their test results.
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be required to take a COVID-19 test on the first and eighth day after arrival and quarantine for 14 days.
  • To meet pre-entry requirements, travelers will have the option to take an antigen test the day before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or take a PCR test within 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border.

Additional Information: Children under the age of 12 who are traveling with fully vaccinated adults continue to be exempted from quarantine requirements. More information regarding Canada’s border measures and entry requirements is available here. Individuals can check if they qualify as fully vaccinated in Canada here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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