Canada is upgrading its virus response at its border by requesting every international arrival to tender a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister, Dominic LeBlanc and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair have announced that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will request people coming into the country via plane to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days before arrival.
While making the announcement, the Ministers said the details of the new regulations will be revealed after due consultation with airlines.
Before these new regulations came, international travellers used to quarantine for 14 days after arrival. The testing requirement is expected to offer another protection layer during a time when many Canadians nornally would be travelling to destinations that are warmer.
Public health officials have been urging Canadians to travel for essential reasons only but Blair made it known he expected a lot of people to ignore the advise.
Blair said: “We do believe there is some efficacy in a pre-boarding test to add to the very strict regime of quarantining we have in place.”