TRAVEL UPDATE: Negative COVID-19 test required for travel to Canada

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Due to recent regulations pertaining to travel in the US and Canada, we wanted to share some important updates on what these restrictions mean and what you can expect should you or your employees plan to travel in the coming weeks. 

The Goverment of Canada has announced that beginning January 7th, 2021, all inbound international travellers from an out-of-country destination will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to Canada.

We are proactively working together with our partners—including hotel suppliers, travel bureaus, and transportation companies—to help understand testing capabilities to comply with these new requirements. 

In the meantime, please review the important information below:

Government of Canada Testing Requirements

  • All international travellers bound for Canada will need a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 72 hours prior to departure—only PCR or RT-LAMP tests will be accepted
  • Written documentation of the results (either paper or electronic copy) must be provided to the airline before boarding and must include:
    • Traveller name and date of birth
    • Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
    • The date on which the test was conducted
    • The method of test conducted (PCR or LAMP)
    • The test result

Similarly, as of January 26th, The United States will require proof of a negative COVID-19 laboratory test result to be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight. 

We would encourage you to continue to visit the Government of Canada's website for the most accurate and updated information.

Should you have any questions specific to your upcoming trips or travel program, please contact your dedicated Travel Manager for support.