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Canada to ease on-arrival requirements for travellers


February 22, 2022
By Greenhouse Canada

Canada will be easing on-arrival requirements for fully vaccinated travellers at the end of the month.

In an update sent by the Western Agriculture Labour Initiative (WALI) last week, the group noted that “travellers will be randomly selected for testing on arrival in Canada but will no longer be required to quarantine while waiting for their test results.”Beginning Feb 28, all fully vaccinated temporary foreign workers (TFWs) arriving into Canada will be able to travel directly to their final location and begin working immediately. Travellers must have received at least two doses of a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.

For TFWs working in B.C., those “who do not meet the requirements of being fully vaccinated will continue to be quarantined in the provincial quarantine facility in Richmond for 14 days,” says WALI.Prior to boarding flights, fully vaccinated travellers are required to complete one of the following tests:

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  1. A COVID-19 rapid antigen test one day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival (rapid antigen tests completed at home do not meet this requirement), or
  2. a molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival.

For more information on pre-entry testing visit the Government of Canada travel webpage.

These measures were announced following recent data indicating that “the latest wave of COVID-19 driven by the Omicron variant has passed its peak in Canada,” according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.WALI says they are currently working with government staff to resolve differences between federal and B.C. restrictions around quarantine and return to work after testing positive for COVID.

Source: Western Agriculture Labour Initiative