RANDOM COVID TESTING PAUSED FOR VACCINATED TRAVELLERS BEGINNING SATURDAY

Jun 10, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Starting tomorrow until June 30th, all mandatory randomized COVID-19 testing for vaccinated travellers will be suspended at Canadian airports.

Unvaccinated travellers will still be tested on-site.

And beginning Canada Day, random testing will be performed off-site – not at the airport – for all travellers.

But officials warn the random testing could return.

 

Critics have called for an end to the testing but the government has defended it as a way to track how many COVID cases are slipping into the country. Travel and tourism groups have blamed recent havoc at Canadian airports on the COVID surveillance measures undertaken when passengers attempt to pass through customs.

In total, approximately 2,700 flights arriving from outside the country were delayed in May compared to just four planes in May 2019.

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