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Canada to require COVID checks for passengers from China – Washington Instances

OTTAWA, Canada — Canada plans to quickly require folks flying from China, Hong Kong and Macao to check unfavorable for COVID-19 earlier than leaving for Canada.

The requirement will apply to all air vacationers aged two and older from the three international locations and can start on Jan. 5, the federal authorities mentioned in a information launch Saturday.

“These deliberate well being measures will apply to air vacationers, no matter nationality and vaccination standing,” the discharge mentioned. “They’re momentary measures, in place for 30 days, that might be reassessed as extra information and proof turns into out there.”

America introduced on Wednesday it will require all vacationers from China to point out a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at end result earlier than flying to the nation as Beijing’s speedy easing of COVID-19 restrictions results in a surge in instances.

The Canadian authorities mentioned its new testing measure is “in response to the surge of COVID-19 within the Individuals’s Republic of China and given the restricted epidemiological and viral genomic sequence information out there on these instances.”

Individuals might want to present a unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at end result to the airline, taken not more than two days earlier than their departure, earlier than boarding a flight to Canada.

The take a look at could be both molecular, resembling a PCR take a look at, or an antigen take a look at from a telehealth service or an accredited laboratory or testing supplier, the discharge mentioned.

Passengers who examined optimistic greater than 10 days earlier than their flight leaves, however no more than 90 days, can present the airline with proof of their optimistic take a look at as an alternative.

“Because the begin, our Authorities has taken the mandatory steps to maintain Canadians protected within the face of the COVID-19 pandemic,” federal well being minister Jean-Yves Duclos mentioned in an announcement. “Our actions proceed to be guided by prudence and we is not going to hesitate to regulate measures to guard the well being and security of Canadians.”

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