Travelling during COVID? All international air travellers 5 years of age and older en route to Canada will need to take a COVID test within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time. The Federal Government has added a second COVID test –  reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) – as an acceptable testing method for returning travellers. Similar to the first type of molecular test (Polymerase chain reaction) this molecular test uses a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, throat swab or saliva sample.

You must present a negative laboratory test to the airline prior to returning to Canada. Ensure your lab results contain the following data:

  • The traveller’s name

  • Birth date

  • Name and civic address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test

  • Date the test was conducted

  • Type of test that was administered (RT-LAMP or PCR)

  • The test result

Don’t forget to hold onto your test results; you will need proof for the 14 day period (beginning on the day you enter Canada).

Note that this requirement does not only apply to returning Canadian citizens/residents, but to anyone entering the country, including new immigrants, temporary workers, international students, asylum claimants, and refugees. For more information on immigration requirements and processes that may be impacted by COVID-19, please reach out to our team of Immigration Lawyers serving Toronto & the Durham Region.