Canada Eases Pre-Departure Testing Requirements For Travelers From India And Morocco: All Details Here

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The Govt of Canada on Friday announced that it has removed the modified pre-departure Covid-19 testing requirements for all travelers arriving in Canada on direct flights from India and Morocco.

It is worth mentioning that earlier, all passengers traveling from India and Morocco are required to get a Covid-19 test done within 18 hours before departure.

Moreover, as per Canada’s new border measures, it has also scraped the need for third-country testing for those coming on one-stops from India.

This means passengers traveling from, India to Canada via the Gulf/Europe/US will no longer need to be tested at the transit country before taking a connecting flight to their destination.

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It must be noted that the country will continue to require that all travelers unless specifically exempted, have a valid negative pre-departure Covid-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours before a scheduled flight to Canada.

Canada’s New Border Measures

  • Removing, effective January 28, 2022, the modified pre-departure test requirements for travelers coming to Canada on direct or indirect flights from India or Morocco. Travelers from these countries will no longer be required to obtain a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 test from a third country. All travelers entering Canada are now subject to the same pre-entry test requirements, regardless of their departure country.
  • Ending the temporary exemption from pre-entry, arrival, and Day-8 testing and quarantine requirements for residents and essential workers of British Columbia who have to travel by land to or through the United States for essential food and supplies. This will end on January 31, 2022, at 20:59 PST.

Commenting on the latest developments Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Transport said;

“Safeguarding the health and safety of Canadians is always at the forefront of any decision our government makes in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants. We continue to collaborate with air operators, and their hard work in implementing the ongoing changes to air travel requirements has greatly contributed to the safety and security of Canadians and our transportation system.”

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“The epidemiological situation in Canada and abroad remains closely monitored and our officials and experts continue to evaluate the measures in place and recommend necessary adjustments to keep Canadians and our transportation system safe and secure.”


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