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The current status on who can enter into the Country of Canada

  • Citizens of Canada (including dual citizens),registered individuals under the Indian Act, permanent residents of Canada, or protected persons (refugee status) are allowed to enter into the nation of Canada.
  • Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be permitted with entry to the country of Canada for discretionary (tourism) travel.

Here are the Pre-entry test result requirements to enter into Canada

All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must provide proof of a COVID-19 negative molecular test result to enter the country of Canada or proof of a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days.

Canada has stated that the Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.

These are the accepted typed of molecular tests upon entering the country of Canada

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

Here are also some acceptable COVID-19 tests when entering Canada

  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
  • Ct (cycle threshold)
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene

You can learn more at the Government of Canada’s website at:

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