Confusion at Canadian airports as some details on COVID-19 inspection rules for travelers


Confusion has increased at Canadian airports since the federal government moved to change the COVID-19 inspection rules for travelers.

Earlier this week, Ottawa announced that all air travelers entering Canada, except those from the United States, would need to be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and quarantined until results are available.

This rule also applies to people who are fully vaccinated against the virus, as health authorities around the world have warned about new variants of Omicron.

However, there are few details about when to run the test.

Giovanni Taboy Lilson said he was tired and embarrassed after arriving from Jamaica at Edmonton International Airport today and being told by airport authorities that new rules would begin at midnight.

He was randomly selected for testing during his transit in Toronto, and his results were said to be available within three days, allowing him to continue to Edmonton.

An airport spokesman says the staff is in talks with Transport Canada. Transport Canada is working to carry out tests for all travelers as soon as possible.

“We haven’t set a date to start the test, but we expect it to start in the next few days,” Steve Maybee said in an email.

Canadian press