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Canada and the U.S. require a COVID-19 Test for all travelers for entry into their territory

Those flying to Canada or the United States will have to show a negative COVID-19 test

Canada and the U.S. require a COVID-19 Test for all travelers for entry into their territory

In this way, both countries join in applying this type of measures already demanded from many other countries all over the world to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Restrictions to travel to Canada

From Thursday, January 7, 2021, Canada's Government requires travelers over 5 years old from more than 20 countries to show a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test before boarding a flight to Canada.

Airlines will prohibit the boarding for travelers who cannot show a negative COVID-19 test. The test must be performed within 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the flight to Canada. The two valid types of COVID-19 tests are either a molecular polymerase chain reaction, PCR, or an isothermal loop-mediated amplification or LAMP.

In addition to this new requirement to travel to Canada, all passengers must comply with the quarantine period (14 days) requested by the Canadian authorities. The quarantine plan will continue to be reviewed by the government of Canada; in case of not having adequate space to keep the quarantine, they will have to comply with the requirement in a facility enabled for this purpose.

The Canadian government warns of the importance of following the established measures. According to the Quarantine Law, the violation of any requirement based on avoiding the chain of infections by COVID-19 is considered a crime.  The penalties amount to six months in prison and/or the payment of a fine of $750,000 Canadian Dollars.

Following are some of the exceptions where a person is not required to show a negative test.

  • Children under 5 years of age (children who are five on the day of their travel must have proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test)

  • Aircrew members or individuals seeking to enter Canada to become aircrew members

  • Passengers in transit who do not enter Canada through a border bridge

  • Emergency, law enforcement, or border personnel

  • Specific individuals or groups, identified by the Director of Public Health of Canada or the Minister of Health

  • Individuals or groups of individuals who have been granted an extraordinary exemption from Transport Canada

All those who need to travel to Canada or other countries with restrictions  should inform themselves in advance of the recommendations and measures established by the governments and health authorities of each country.

 

Restrictions to travel to the U.S.

On Tuesday, January 12, the CDC issued an order requesting to show a negative COVID-19 Test or demonstrating recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers under the age of 2 arriving in the United States.

If you plan to travel by plane to the United States. It would help if you were prepared to demonstrate with a viral test (NAAT also known as PCR Test or Viral Antigen Test) taken no more than 3 days before the flight departure; or in case you have contracted COVID-19 for more than three months, prove with a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you have recovered and are authorized to travel. The positive test result and the letter together are called "recovery documentation." 

This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021. 

The airlines will prohibit the boarding to all passengers who do not comply with the necessary documentation from entering the plane. If a passenger does not provide a negative test or recovery documentation, the airline must prohibit the passenger from boarding.

Following are some of the exceptions where a person is not required to show a negative test.

  • Children under 2 years old

  • Airline crew members or aircraft operators as long as they follow industry-standard protocols for COVID-19 prevention as set out in the Safety Relevant Operator Alerts (SAFO) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. (FAA)

  • Airlines or other aircraft operators are carrying passengers with COVID-19 by CDC clearance and following CDC guidance

  • Federal law enforcement personnel while on official duty

  • Airlines or other aircraft operators granted specific exemptions from applying this Order based on the CDC's determination that a foreign country lacks available SARS-Co V-2 testing capacity. Such waivers may be awarded based on a specific request made by an airline or aircraft operator to CDC and will be limited to 14 days unless renewed by CDC

Before planning your trip to the United States, make sure you are informed about all the recommendations and measures established by this government and this country's health authorities.

We are all exposed to being infected with the COVID-19 virus; take care of your health and that of those around you. If you want to go on a trip, take all the necessary precautions and take the COVID-19 PCR Test to ensure you are not infected with the coronavirus and avoid its spread.

 

Where can I get a test for COVID-19 in Los Cabos?  Visit our link to find more information about it. 

Why is COVID-19 testing important?  COVID-19 testing will help you protect your family, your community, and yourself.

It will save lives!


 

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