[TRAVEL ADVISORY] Canada Government Pre-departure COVID-19 Test Requirement for All Travellers Entering Canada

[UPDATE AS OF JAN 4, 2021] 

The Government of Canada is requiring all passengers five years of age or older to provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 before boarding international flights to Canada effective January 7, 2021


Please find the following details below:

  • All customers five years of age or older entering Canada from an international destination is required to provide, prior to boarding a flight, a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
  • The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure from your flight to Canada. Some exceptions apply.
  • At present, the Government of Canada has not yet finalized or published a list of testing facilities for every country. Visit travel.gc.ca for official updates.
  • Even with a negative COVID-19 PCR test all customers entering Canada will still have to complete mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Test results can be presented in paper or electronic format. It must include the following data elements:

  • Passenger’s Name (matches the name on the passenger’s identification);
  • Passenger’s date of birth;
  • Name and address of the lab/facility that administered the test;
  • Date on which the test was conducted, and the date is within 72 hours of the flight to
  • Canada’s scheduled departure time;
  • Method of test conducted, and that it is a PCR test (‘DPI’, or ‘antigen’ or ‘antibody’ are not acceptable);
  • Test result is indicated as negative (‘inconclusive’ is not acceptable)

You do not need to provide a negative COVID-19 PRC test if:

  • Your flight to Canada is prior to January 7; and/or
  • You are only transiting through a Canadian airport from one international destination to another, without entering Canada. Please ensure you are aware of and in compliance with the entry requirements for your final destination.


We recommend you visit travel.gc.ca for official updates from the Government of Canada.

The Government of Canada have also published a list of frequently asked questions about  the new testing requirement. For specific questions related to the implementation of the government policy, please contact the government or Canadian Consular Services.

Reference: Air Canada / SB21-01

Government of Canada / https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying 

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