COVID-19 hit the whole world in 2020. Travel restrictions were imposed worldwide due to this global pandemic, and Canada was no different than others. These restrictions were applicable for all the temporary and permanent residents immigrating to Canada.
However, Ontario is now proposing a free, voluntary COVID0-19 testing facility. This testing service is available for international travelers who are arriving and staying in the province for a minimum of 14 days.
Premier Doug Ford made this announcement at Pearson Airport. However, Pearson is the leading airport in Canada.
The government of Canada introduced this pilot project on January 6. However, the goal of this project is to rapidly identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province. The government is all set to reduce the number of emerging cases every day in Ontario.
Pearson Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. However, there is more than 60,000 international passenger that arrive at Pearson Airport every week. It includes many temporary and permanent residents and international students who are immigrating to Canada.
The government of Ontario released news to announce this pilot project. According to the government, this project will help test, track, and isolate cases of COVID-19 at the early stages. Moreover, it is also a step forward to protect the borders of Canada.
People who are planning to travel to Canada and meet the eligibility requirements will now be able to pre-register for this test program. However, they can also register to participate once they arrive at the airport.
Moreover, people who choose to participate in this pilot project will get a free self-collected PCR test. However, they will also get proper monitoring by a health care provider. They will get monitoring in person or through a video when they self-administer the test. However, this controlled self-administered test will take place in a convenient, separate area within the airport.
However, the results of these tests will be available within 48 hours. These tests will be available at the Ontario Laboratory Information System and Public health units. However, they will also follow up in case of a positive test.
Moreover, international travelers will also need to take mandatory quarantine once they arrive in the country.
Moreover, all international travelers should keep in mind that they should meet the 14-day federal mandatory quarantine requirement. It applies to all the international travelers who are arriving or returning to Canada whether they test negative or positive for COVID-19.
Additionally, according to this program’s new measures, international travelers immigrating to Canada will also need to show their COVID-19 test results. However, they will need to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within three days of traveling and arriving in Canada.
Moreover, travelers need to manage their own pre-departure screening through the means available at their place of departure. The provincial government stated that it would continue working with the federal government. They will work to introduce a different quarantine period for people who test negative for COVID-19.
However, a similar screening pilot project was also launched in November at the Calgary Airport, in Alberta. However, according to Alberta Health, this project was successful, and it will continue despite new screening measures announced.
Moreover, the borders of Canada are closed for most foreign nationals until January 21, 2021. However, there is a number of exemptions available.
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