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Canada to restart random Covid tests for international arrivals

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 17th July, 2022 02:47:28 PM
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The Canadian government is re-introducing Covid-19 testing related measures at four major airports in the country from Tuesday, for international travellers, including those coming from India, Hindustan Times reported.

Starting on July 19, it will revive mandatory random testing for international passengers arriving at the airports in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.

That measure was placed on hold on June 11 as conditions at Canadian airports turned woeful with wait for hours in lines, among other travails.

However, Transport Canada announced on Friday that it will bring back the random tests, though these will now be taken off-site. Arriving passengers chosen at random will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of clearing their customs declaration. The test will be completed outside the airport, either via an in-person appointment at select testing provider locations and pharmacies, or a virtual appointment for a self-swab test. Travellers who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, unless exempt, must continue to test on Day 1 and Day 8 of their mandatory 14-day quarantine, a release from the department stated.