Ottawa set to detail requirements of COVID-19 negative test for air travellers today

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OTTAWA — The federal government is expected to provide details later today on its plan to make travellers test negative for COVID-19 before landing in Canada.

Yesterday, the Liberals announced that all passengers on flights entering the country will soon be required to have a negative PCR test three days before their arrival.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau was in talks with airlines as the announcement was made.

The National Airlines Council of Canada, which represents the country’s largest airlines, said Wednesday it had asked the government for months to introduce a co-ordinated testing regime in consultation with the industry.

The testing requirement will only apply for air travellers, but Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet says it should apply at all ports of entry.

He also says in a statement that the government should reimburse thousands of Canadians for travel plans that have been interrupted or cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I agree. Should have been implemented the same day air travel was stopped the first time at the beginning of the pandemic. And now, why wait till Jan 7th? Make it effective now and also include all entries, land, air or sea except truck drivers. I laugh every time I read that only 2% of Canada’s Covid cases are from air travel. Didn’t the first case from China come over to North America by air? This means all Covid cases are because of air travel. Directly or indirectly.

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