Government of Canada announces additional measures to contain the spread of the Omicron variant

Date Announced:

December 17, 2021

Active Period:

December 18 at 11:59pm until further notice.


With the evolving situation and overwhelming evidence of community transmission of Omicron in most countries around the world, including Canada, the Government of Canada has decided to lift the extraordinary measures for travellers returning from the ten specific countries initially listed. While we recognize the controversial nature of this measure, we believe it was necessary to slow the arrival of Omicron in Canada and buy us some time. Given the current situation, this measure has served its purpose and is no longer needed. Similarly, the requirements for Canadians and others with right of entry who have been in or travelled from these countries within 14 days to obtain a valid negative pre-departure molecular test in a third country, and to stay in a designated Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine facility, upon the direction of a Covid Prevention Measures>Quarantine officer, while they await the results of their arrival test, will also be lifted.

Departments and Agencies:

Health Canada | Public Health Agency of Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



flight restrictions | Africa | travel restrictions

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