It was announced by the Canadian government this week that Canada pre-departure tests will be removed for all fully vaccinated travellers entering the country from next month.
This comes following the gradual moves Canada has made over the past few months to allow travellers into the country after being inaccessible to travellers for the majority of Covid. Previously they had begun allowing vaccinated travellers entry at the end of 2021.
From the 1st of April 2022, Canada pre-departure tests will no longer be a requirement for all fully vaccinated travellers. This will remove the PCR tests that fully vaccinated travellers currently have to administer within 72 hours pre-departure to be allowed entry.
The Canadian tourism industry has expressed great approval of this move coming around in time for the summer holidays, a peak season for many destinations (these testing rules have been updated on the Foreign Travel Advice page).
In response to this great announcement, Air Canada has expanded their flights list to include the 33 new routes they’re launching around the world.
“Today’s announcement by the federal government is excellent news for the entire travel and tourism industry, which are important contributors to the Canadian economy,” said Air Canada’s government and community relations vice-president, David Rheault.
“Canada now joins other countries around the world in reopening and we look ahead to the summer travel season.
“The removal of pre-departure testing requirements will continue to accelerate and stimulate the recovery of Canada’s travel and tourism industry, which we are committed to help rebuild through the restoration of our global network.”
The upcoming removal of Canada pre-departure tests is great news for UK travel businesses and consumers, with Canada a favourite destination for many UK travellers. We look forward to seeing a great boost in consumer confidence following destination requirement relaxation like this.
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