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.

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