Travel: Five quick getaways for those looking to leave B.C.
As of April 1, Canadian officials will say ‘bon voyage’ to the pre-entry testing requirement for travellers entering or returning to Canada, which means perhaps it’s finally time to book that long-awaited trip.
Previously, travellers were required to show a negative molecular COVID-19 test before entering Canada, in addition to being fully vaccinated. In late February 2022, that testing requirement was loosened to accept rapid antigen tests which can cost much less but must be taken in a shorter time frame before boarding a Canada-bound flight.
While the Canadian government no longer requires all inbound travellers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, random travellers may still be selected for mandatory testing on arrival at a land border or airport, including those who are fully vaccinated.
However, you’ll no longer need to quarantine while awaiting your test results, so long as you’re fully vaccinated but you should still take precautions to wear a mask and be mindful of your whereabouts for a period after returning or arriving to Canada.