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Canadians will need one day of COVID-19 testing before flying to US: officials – Country

At the beginning of next week, Canadians and all other foreign visitors travel To the United States by air will need to get a COVID-19 check in no later than the day before they depart.

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US President Joe Biden is cutting the current 72-hour test for fully vaccinated travelers as part of a suite of public health measures to slow the spread of highly mutated bacteria. Omicron variant.

A White House briefing on the plan late Wednesday made no mention of land borders, or whether fully vaccinated Canadians driving south would be required to present inspection results. check or not.

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Omicron’s rise only marks the latest turning point in the long road back to some form of normalcy for those who frequently travel between the two countries.

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It’s been less than a month since the United States lifted restrictions on fully vaccinated non-essential travelers attempting to enter the country by land from Canada and Mexico.

Meanwhile, Canada has now exempted American travelers from its strict new rules, which require all other non-foreign customers to be screened on arrival and self-quarantine pending results. .


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Currently, the US requires fully vaccinated travelers from Canada arriving by air to be tested no more than 72 hours before departure, while those traveling by land need not be tested at all.

Canada, which began allowing fully vaccinated U.S. citizens to re-enter the country in September, continues to require all people who have had a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including Canadians. , must also provide proof of a recent negative COVID test.

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The government has so far not known whether it hopes the waivers for passengers flying from the US will change before Monday.

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Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said the government will consult with provinces and territories on whether to apply similar measures to visitors from the US, but the Minister of Health Transportation Omar Alghabra declined to say Wednesday whether a decision on that score would be made.

Other components of the US 10-point strategy, outlined by the White House Wednesday ahead of Biden’s announcement, include:

  • A plan to expand access to booster shots, with a comprehensive outreach effort to convince nearly 100 million Americans to qualify for a shot;
  • New family vaccination clinics deploy one-time vaccination for the entire household;
  • Accelerate efforts to safely vaccinate children under 5 years of age;
  • Expanding the supply of home testing kits;
  • Rapid response teams to help with large-scale Omicron outbreaks;
  • Another 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are funded internationally over the next 100 days.


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