Hugh: Federal Government Brings Back Random Testing for Travelers Flying into Canada
Written by Hugh Campbell on July 19, 2022
It didn’t take too long for the rules around international travel to change yet again. Last month, the practice of subjecting certain air passengers to random tests upon arrival was suspended amid mounting delays and issues at Canadian airports. As of today, the random testing is back, although this time it’s being done at offsite facilities instead of the airport. According to a statement from the Health Minister’s office, four to five percent of air travelers are selected for random testing, and the information is used to inform health officials about where risks are coming from and prepare them for future waves. It’s unclear how the reinstatement of the mandatory random tests will affect airport wait times, if other measures like the ArriveCAN app will be changed to smooth things along, or when the travel rules will change again.