The Canadian and Australian Governments have made updated announcements on relaxations to Covid-19 requirements for international travellers.
Traveling to Canada from Australia
Effective 1st April 2022 at 12:01am EDT, international travellers who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada.
Random molecular tests will still be conducted on arrival and travellers will not need to isolate while waiting for test results.
All travellers 5 years of age and over, who do not qualify as fully vaccinated will need to continue to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry to Canada.
Negative results can be provided in the following ways:
- A valid, negative antigen test, administered or observed by an accredited lab or testing provider, taken outside of Canada no more than one day before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry
- A valid negative molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry; or
- A previous positive molecular test taken at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before their initially scheduled flight departure time or their arrival at the land border or marine port of entry. It is important to note that positive antigen test results will not be accepted.
All travellers are reminded to submit the required and mandatory information to ArriveCAN which is a free mobile app that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play and is also an accessible website. Failure to lodge mandatory information 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Canada can result in testing on arrival and a 14-day quarantine period.
More information can be found via the Canadian Government media release here.
Traveling to Australia from Canada
Effective April 17th, 2022, travellers to Australia will no longer need to provide a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result.
Australia is still restricting travel to double vaccinated travellers and proof of vaccination will need to be provided at the border and masks will still need to be worn on all international flights.
More information can be found via the Australian Biosecurity Media Release here.
The changes are a fantastic step forward and will renew confidence in travellers entering and leaving Australia and Canada.