Changes in Canada’s Border Measures Coming Into Effect Feb. 28th, 2022
The Government of Canada announced that it will change some of the border measures effective February 28th, 2022 at 12:01am.
The measures include the following:
- Fully-vaccinated travellers will now have the option to have either a negative PCR test taken within 72hr prior to their arrival in Canada or a rapid antigen test taken within 24hr prior to their arrival at a land-border or before boarding their flight to Canada. Taking a rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement – it must be authorized by the country in which it was purchased and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity or telehealth service.
- Fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take an on-arrival test however, there is a possibility of being randomly selected for arrival testing. Those randomly selected for arrival testing will not be required to quarantine while awaiting their test results.
- Children under 12 years old, travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will continue to be exempt from quarantine, without any prescribed conditions limiting their activities.
- All travellers must enter all of their information, proof of vaccination, as well as a quarantine plan, into the ArriveCAN app within 72hrs prior to their arrival in Canada.
- Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be permitted to enter Canada unless they meet one of the few exemptions. Those who meet exemptions will continue to be required to test on arrival, on Day 8 and quarantine for 14 days.
For the full release click HERE.
NOTO understands that although the option of using a rapid antigen test in lieu of a PCR test may help some individuals, there are still several barriers that may impact your US guests. Rest assured that we, along with our partners in the Northern Ontario Border Working Group, will continue to advocate for changes in the pre-entry and post-entry requirements in the weeks to come.
We encourage operators to share with us their comments or sentiments expressed by their guests as we prepare for more advocacy efforts. Thank you.
A Notice from CBSA on Bait
NOTO has been notified by CBSA that they will not allow any bait (worms, minnows-live or dead, and obviously no leeches) into Canada like last year. Currently, the only people permitted to import any of these would be commercial bait dealers who may be able to satisfy the CFIA or MNRF in order to import them legally.
Please share this information with your guests to ensure they are prepared.