Good Question: No more testing requirement getting to Canada?

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ROCHESTER N.Y. – Let’s answer a good question about the border. This is for anyone looking to make a trip to Canada.

If you’re fully vaccinated you can already go for whatever reason. We know that but the rules come with a catch and that is about to change. As it stands right now, fully vaccinated travelers still have to follow the COVID19 testing requirement to cross.

Again that’s right now, only for a few more days in March.

Drew asked me:

  • “I understand that starting April 1, you no longer need a negative COVID test to cross the border into Canada. However, I have not seen anything on the news locally about it. Is this true?”

Yes it is. Let me show you the full update straight from the Canadian government:

  • Starting Friday "fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry covid-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water."

So want to go to the falls or Toronto this weekend? No tests for most.

That’s because the travel alert goes on to state "travelers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, may need to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival if selected for mandatory random testing. Travelers selected for mandatory random testing are not required to quarantine while awaiting their test result."

For everyone else allowed to cross the border, partially vaccinated or not vaccinated at all, the pre-entry test mandate stays.

Travelers five years old and up must show proof of a negative test. Or even proof of a positive test taken anywhere from 10 days to six months since their infection.

Again this loosening of the travel restrictions starts Friday. But even after the switch, everyone going to Canada must still fill out all your info in the ArriveCAN mobile app or online.

If you don’t, you may have to test once you cross. Even quarantine for two weeks, regardless of your vaccination status.