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Canada Mandates Negative COVID-19 Test Results for Travelers Coming from Macao, Hong Kong, and China

Beginning January 5, travelers arriving from Macao, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China must present a negative COVID-19 Test before departing to Canada.

The new proactive health measure by the Government of Canada is in response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the People’s Republic of China. These temporary measures are necessary because the epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data on the new infections is inadequate.

All air travelers above two years of age will have to present proof of negative COVID-19 test results if they are arriving from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, or Macao. The test result should not be older than 48 hours before their departure.

These travelers may provide a negative PCR or antigen test with supporting documentation from an accredited laboratory or telehealth service. The new measures apply to all air travelers before boarding a flight to Canada, regardless of nationality and sex.

 All air travelers arriving at Canadian airports will disclose the information if they traveled to the People’s Republic of China, Macao, or Hong Kong in the last ten days.

The government of Canada appeals to all travelers to follow COVID-appropriate behavior, such as wearing masks in crowded places and indoor settings like airports. If any individual is planning an overseas travel, they should update their vaccine status for a minimum of 14 days before the departure.

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