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Getting examined to board your flight


As of 12:01am January 5 (EST), 2023: All air travellers 2 years of age and older, taking a flight originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao that lands in Canada should present proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 test consequence, no matter citizenship or vaccination standing.

This applies to:

  • travel to Canada via connecting flights from different nations

    • for instance, in case your flight itinerary begins in China and features a connecting flight from Germany to Canada

  • transiting via Canada with onwards travel to a different nation

    • if Canada isn’t your closing vacation spot, additionally verify the travel and testing requirements for your closing vacation spot

This doesn’t apply to:

  • travellers transiting via China, Hong Kong or Macao, who’re there for 24 hours or much less

    • for instance, in case your flight itinerary begins in Australia and features a connecting flight in China earlier than persevering with to Canada and if you’re in China for 24 hours or much less earlier than the connecting flight to Canada is initially scheduled to depart

You should:

  • present proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 test consequence taken not more than 2 days earlier than the scheduled departure time of your flight from China, Hong Kong or Macao.

    • The test might be both a unfavourable molecular test (resembling PCR), or a unfavourable antigen test that has documentation to indicate that it has been monitored in individual or in actual time via distant audiovisual means by the accredited laboratory or testing supplier who supplied the test to you.

  • present proof of your test to the airline when boarding in China, Hong Kong or Macao

Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who’re unable to offer a legitimate test consequence.


If you’ve examined constructive and recovered from COVID-19

You should present proof of a constructive COVID-19 molecular or antigen test.

Your proof have to be from a test performed between 10 and 90 days earlier than your scheduled flight from China, Hong Kong or Macao.





Providing proof of your consequence


You should current an accepted test consequence (paper or digital proof), which should embody:

  • traveller identify and date of beginning or age
  • the identify and civic handle of the accredited laboratory or the testing supplier that carried out or noticed the test and verified the test consequence

    • for instance: testing suppliers is usually a telehealth service supplier or pharmacy

  • the date on which the test was performed
  • the kind of test performed (molecular or antigen)
  • the test consequence

You should present proof of your test outcomes even when you:

  • have been vaccinated for COVID-19

You should hold the proof of your test consequence till you allow the airport in Canada.


Who doesn’t want a pre-boarding test

There are solely a restricted variety of exceptions the place you’re not required to indicate proof of a unfavourable or a earlier constructive test, resembling:

  • Children – youngsters who’re below 2 years of age (youngsters who’re 2 on the day of their travel should have proof of a COVID-19 test)
  • Less than 24 hours in China – when you had been in China, Hong Kong or Macao for lower than 24 hours earlier than your scheduled flight’s departure time

  • Crew members – an individual who:
    • is a crew member as outlined in subsection 101.01(1) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations or an individual who enters Canada solely to turn into such a crew member
    • is a member of a crew as outlined in subsection 3(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations who’s re-entering Canada

  • On a humanitarian flight – individuals arriving by Government of Canada humanitarian flights








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