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Posted by BajaInsider on July 09, 2021
  • COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Entering the US and Canada by Air
    COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Entering the US and Canada by Air


For the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to ALL air passengers entering the United States.  Masks or a facial covering will be required at all times when in the aircraft.Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of the pandemic and more efficiently protects the health of Americans.

These rules apply to all aircraft landing in the US, even if it is only for another international connection.

The CDC issued an order requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 for all airline or other aircraft passengers arriving into the United States from any foreign country. The effective date is 26 January

Beginning January 26, 2021, all passengers returning by air to the US must have a Negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival OR Documented Proof of Recovery. There are only certain types of tests that qualify PCR and antigen tests. There are some 'quick tests' available in Mexico that DO NOT qualify. Documented Proof of Recovery is a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.

After You Travel

Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.

Even if you test negative, stay home to self-quarantine for the full 7 days.

If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.​​

​If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home to self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.​

Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

If you have already received the COVID-19 vaccine you are NOT exempt from this order.

If you are returning to the US on or after January 26, you will have to be tested and show proof of being Covid-19 negative before being allowed to board.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” says CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD, “but when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.”

Documents may be electronic or paper documents. Look for instructions from your specific airline.

For Canada 
UPDATED 07/08/21

The Canadian government announced it's easing its mandatory two-week quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated nationals and residents arriving in the country after traveling abroad. This will come into effect just before midnight on July 5.

People older than five flying into Canada are required to provide written or electronic documentation showing they received a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR or RT-LAMP test conducted within 72 hours before their scheduled boarding.

Most incoming air travelers are required to take an additional Covid-19 test when they land and quarantine in a government-supervised hotel for up to three days at their own expense while awaiting the results.

If the test comes back negative, they can spend the remainder of their 14-day quarantine period at home.

When the new rules come into play on July 5, Canadians and permanent residents who've received a full course of a coronavirus vaccine accepted by the government can leave isolation early of if they test negative for Covid on entry and no longer need to stay in a government-supervised hotel.

The policy changes do not apply to fully vaccinated foreign nationals, including US citizens.


The US, Canada border remains closed to foreign nationals and nonessential travel until at least July 21.

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

As of January 7, 2021, air travelers, 5 years of age or older, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline before boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travelers.

The types of tests and documentation are the same as the US requirements listed above.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation

Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offense with consequences and penalties.


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