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Canada introduces new Covid-19 test rules for travellers arriving by air

Anyone travelling to Canada by air will now need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test if they want to enter the country. The new rules come into force from January 7 (Thursday), for any travellers who are aged five and above. Passengers will need to present their airline with proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of boarding their flight - and Transport Canada has warned that if someone is unable to provide evidence of a PCR test and negative result, they will be denied boarding.

The rules will not exempt travellers rom having to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Canada. At the time of writing Canada has closed its borders to most foreign nationals, including Brits. However, there are some exemptions such as temporary workers, international students, Canadian citizens and permanent residents or their immediate and extended families. (Provided they are staying in Canada for 15 days or more).

a woman wearing a blue shirt: A person wearing PPE administers a PCR test for Covid-19 (C) Robin Utrecht/REX/Shutterstock A person wearing PPE administers a PCR test for Covid-19

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Anyone arriving in Canada must quarantine for 14 days, and according to Transport Canada "all travellers will have their quarantine plans reviewed by a government official and, if not suitable, will be asked to quarantine in a federal quarantine facility". You can find out more in the FCDO Canada travel advice. Canadian authorities had previously suspended all inbound commercial and private passenger flights from the UK until January 6.

a body of water with buildings in the background: A panoramic drone view of Vancouver downtown. (C) Getty Images/iStockphoto A panoramic drone view of Vancouver downtown.

However, it's worth noting that Brits hoping for a holiday won't be able to travel abroad anyway.

England is currently in a third national lockdown which includes a ban on international travel, except for a small number of legally permitted reasons (holidays do not fall under this).

Scotland and Wales are also in national lockdowns which include a ban on travel.

If you had any trips abroad booked during the lockdown period you can read more about the first steps to take including your rights to getting your money back.

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