Canada: New Travel Measures

Key Points:

  • Travel restrictions for Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have been lifted.
  • Short-term pre-arrival test exemptions are being lifted.

Overview:

Travel restrictions for tourists returning from ten particular countries have been eased, as have travel pre-arrival regulations. Beginning December 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., travellers coming from or transiting through Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will be permitted to re-enter Canada. Click here for more information on the omicron version in Canada.

Short-trip pre-arrival test exemptions will be lifted by the Canadian government on December 21, 2021. All excursions will now require a pre-arrival negative PCR test result, even if leaving the country for less than 72 hours.

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What are the Changes?

The Canadian government will lift existing travel restrictions that were imposed on November 27, 2021. In addition, regardless of trip length, the government will require all tourists to obtain a pre-arrival negative PCR test.

Looking Ahead 

Due to changing global travel measures, the Canadian government is advising Canadian citizens and permanent residents to avoid non-essential travel outside of the country. Continue to check the websites of the Canadian government and Envoy for additional updates and information.