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Feds modify pre-departure test requirements for India & Morocco

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  •   01-28-2022  12:46 pm
  •   Pax Global Media
Feds modify pre-departure test requirements for India & Morocco
The Government of Canada has modified its pre-departure testing requirements for India or Morocco. (File photo)
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The Government of Canada issued an update to its border measures on Friday (Jan. 28), specifically regarding Canada-bound flights from India and Morocco

Effective Jan. 28, 2022, travellers from these countries will no longer be required to obtain a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 test from a third country. 

All travellers entering Canada are now subject to the same pre-entry test requirements, regardless of their departure country.

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"We continue to collaborate with air operators, and their hard work in implementing the ongoing changes to air travel requirements has greatly contributed to the safety and security of Canadians and our transportation system," said Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra in a statement. "The epidemiological situation in Canada and abroad remains closely monitored and our officials and experts continue to evaluate the measures in place and recommend necessary adjustments to keep Canadians and our transportation system safe and secure."

Ottawa is also ending a temporary exemption from pre-entry, arrival, and Day-8 testing and quarantine requirements for residents and essential workers of British Columbia who have to travel by land to or through the United States for essential food and supplies. 

This will end on January 31, 2022, at 20:59 PST.

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Otherwise, the federal government continues to require all travellers (unless specifically exempted) have a negative pre-departure COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before a scheduled flight to Canada or arrival at the land border. 

Or a previous positive molecular test result taken between 10 and 180 days before departure to Canada.

The government also notes that those arriving in Canada by air may still be required to be tested for COVID-19 before leaving the airport. 

Earlier this week, a report from Radio-Canada claimed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning on scaling back the government's on-arrival COVID-19 testing program at airports. 

"We need to continue to do testing. Now, at what level is something our experts are constantly assessing," Trudeau told reporters on Jan. 24. “I can assure you that our public health experts, researchers and physicians are studying that very closely." 

The effectiveness of testing fully-vaccinated, asymptomatic and previously negative arrivals has been challenged by several advocacy groups and airlines this month. 

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