New pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers flying into Canada

Date Announced:

January 6, 2021

Active Period:

Effective midnight January 7, 2021 until further notice.


Effective midnight on January 7, 2021, regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

Departments and Agencies:

Transport Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:



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