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Here are the latest updates on travel to Canada: The government announced on Tuesday that it will relax COVID-19 testing rules for fully vaccinated travelers from February 28, 2022. This follows recent data that indicates the The latest wave of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant has peaked in Canada.

According to the latest travel updates to Canada, fully vaccinated travelers will be subject to random arrival testbut will no longer be required to self-quarantine pending test results, a statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada said.

Unvaccinated travelers should test on arrival on day 8 and quarantine for 14 days. Unvaccinated foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Canada unless they meet one of the few exemptions.

Travelers will still need to take a COVID-19 test to travel to Canada, but can opt for a cheaper rapid antigen test. Credit: Cole Burston/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP

Canada Travel Updates: Less Strict COVID-19 Testing Rules for Travelers

According to the latest Canada travel updates, travelers will now have the option of using a rapid COVID-19 antigen test result or a molecular test result to meet pre-entry requirements, said the government.

Antigen tests are generally less expensive than a molecular test; they provide results within minutes, which would allow those who test positive self-isolate quicklysaid the reports.

“Taking a rapid home antigen test is not sufficient to meet the pre-entry requirement – ​​it must be authorized by the country it was purchased in and must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare entity health or telehealth service,” the statement said.

“As provinces and territories adjust their public health measures and as we move away from the crisis phase, now is the time to move to a more sustainable approach to the long-term management of COVID-19.

The government had previously announced that travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter Canada from January 15, 2022. This decision includes international students traveling to Canada and people who were previously allowed to enter the country without being fully vaccinated.

Foreign students traveling to Canada should receive the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Canadian government. Vaccines approved in Canada currently include:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Bharat Biotech
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Modern
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac

Incoming international students can get more details about their arrival in Canada here.

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