(Put out by The Canadian Snowbirds Association, January 6, 2021)
Effective January 7, 2021
all passengers five years of age or older, are required to test
negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to
of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline
prior to coming to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19
molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) and the result must be from
a lab accredited by an external organization (e.g., a government, a
professional association or ISO accreditation). Only written or
electronic proof of a negative lab test result (PCR test) conducted
within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Canada will be accepted.
Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine.
All travellers will have their quarantine plans reviewed by a
government official and, if not suitable, will be required to quarantine
in a federal quarantine facility. Travellers to Canada must use the
ArriveCAN App or website and provide accurate contact information and
their mandatory 14-day quarantine plan on or before entry.
this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test
result. While a vaccine protects an individual from illness, further
evidence is required to understand if a vaccinated person can still shed
now, the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test is only required for
air travellers and does not apply to Canadian travellers returning to
Canada by vehicle. The federal government is currently working with
provincial authorities on options to introduce testing regimes at land
border crossings as well. Travellers returning to Canada at a land
border crossing are still required to quarantine for the mandatory
The CSA is monitoring this matter closely and will provide members with updates as soon as they are available.