Random testing of fully vaccinated travellers arriving at Canada’s major airports will start anew on July 19, after the government paused the measure amid industry pressure and airport chaos.
“We need to keep border testing measures in place because that is how we track importation of the COVID-19 virus, and of new variants of concern.”
The measure will affect travellers arriving at airports in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says the suspension was part of a strategy to move the testing for COVID-19 outside of airports.
Testing will now take place by in-person appointments at select testing providers and pharmacies, or through a virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
PHAC says testing at borders is important to monitor the importation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and identify new variants. It also says the measure is “essential” to help slow the spread of the virus.