Canadians must have negative COVID-19 test to fly into US starting today

Jan 26 2021, 7:28 am

As of today, all Canadians heading south will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test before they can be granted entry into the United States.

All fliers over the age of two years old will be required to present a negative test as proof against the virus. Passengers will also need to complete an attestation prior to boarding their flight.

The negative tests must have been taken within three days of a flight bound for the US and written or electronic proof of the negative test must be provided to the airline.

According to the CDC (United States Centre for Disease Control), travellers to the US may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

Whereas a mandatory 14-day quarantine is required for anyone entering Canada, isolation regulations vary per state for people entering the US.

The CDC says the test or document of recovery will “supplement, not replace” the requirements for health questionnaires, temperature checks, and face masks throughout the country.

Canada’s global travel advisory has been in effect since March 13, 2020, which urges all citizens to “avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.”

“The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad,” says the Government of Canada website. “We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.”

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