A federal source told the QMI agency that passengers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to undergo a PCR test to return to Canada when staying abroad for less than 72 hours.
The new policy may come into force by the end of November or from Sunday, November 21, as this regulatory action is the result of an order to be renewed on that day.
During a scrutiny on Tuesday, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos stressed that “by renewing the order on the border, by November 21, many activities will be updated and announcements will be very close.”
The official announcement is not expected to be released on Wednesday as some more final details are yet to be released.
Instead, the policy should be announced in the next few days while Justin Trudeau stays in the United States as part of the “Three Amigos” summit scheduled to open tomorrow.
This new relaxation brings to an end the policy implemented last year to prevent Govt-19 cases from entering the country.
As of today, travelers abroad must undergo a molecular test called a PCR test within 72 hours of returning home.
PCR tests, unlike rapid antigen tests, can cost anywhere from $ 150 to $ 300. These restrictive costs may prevent short-term stays in the United States, especially for families with multiple children.
The Conservative Party and several Canadian and US trade representatives have been calling for a halt to the tests for weeks.
Canadians wishing to enter the United States do not currently need a drug test, but customs officials may require proof of vaccination.
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