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Federal government to end pre-arrival COVID testing for travellers entering Canada

The federal government announced Thursday that Canada will end its pre-entry COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated travellers by the end of the month, CBC News has learned.

Canada is removing the testing requirements at airports and land border crossings. The ministers of health, transport and tourism held a press conference Thursday morning to announce the changes to border measures.

Currently, travellers entering the country must show proof of a negative antigen or molecular test prior to their flight or arrival at the border.

That testing requirement will be dropped by April 1 for fully vaccinated travellers.

The move comes two years into the pandemic as travel picks up and provinces and territories end restrictions involving vaccine passports, gatherings and masks.

The federal government will continue to randomly test travellers upon arrival in Canada to identify and track variants. The government has been spending millions of dollars on randomly testing vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

Source: CBC News.