Canada to require negative COVID tests again for all travelers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — If you’re hoping to travel into Canada, you’re going to have to provide proof of a negative COVID test once again starting next week.

The Canadian government announced it will bring back the pre-arrival testing requirement next Tuesday, Dec.21. CTV confirmed this means all travelers coming back into the country after trips of 72 hours or less to the US or other countries will have to take a test in a country other than Canada before they’re set to head back in.

To be clear, the requirement was in place for people coming into the country from longer trips. The border recently opened to allow Canadians into the U.S. for the first time since the pandemic started. Vaccinated Americans were first allowed back into Canada in August.

Additionally, the Canadian government re-introduced its non-essential travel advisory, asking residents to avoid international travel due to the spread of the Omicron variant.