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OTTAWA — The federal government has updated its border measures for travellers arriving in Canada from India or Morocco.

As of Jan. 28, 2022, the modified pre-departure test requirements for travellers coming to Canada on direct or indirect flights from these two countries have been removed. Travellers from India or Morocco are no longer required to obtain a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 test from a third country.

With this update, all travellers entering Canada are now subject to the same pre-entry test requirements, regardless of their departure country.

“Safeguarding the health and safety of Canadians is always at the forefront of any decision our government makes in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants,” said Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra. “We continue to collaborate with air operators, and their hard work in implement the ongoing changes to air travel requirements has greatly contributed to the safety and security f Canadians and our transportation system.”

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos added: “Border measures continue to be an important part of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and serve to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Like every other element of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 response, border measures are informed by available data, scientific evidence and monitoring of the epidemiological situation both in Canada and internationally.”

All travellers, unless specifically exempted, are required to have a valid negative pre-departure COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before a scheduled flight to Canada or arrival at the land border, or a previous positive molecular test result taken between 10 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests are not accepted. All travellers, regardless of how long they were away from Canada, must submit their mandatory information via the ArriveCAN app, including proof of vaccination in English or French and a quarantine plan prior to arriving in Canada.

Canada’s non-essential travel advisory, reinstated on Dec. 15, 2021, remains in effect.