The federal government says it will require all air travellers, including Canadians, to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test three days before their arrival in Canada, Global News reports. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says cabinet ministers decided this morning to quickly enact the new requirement. According to Global, it will come into effect in the next few days. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says additional Canada Border Service Agency agents will be stationed at border crossings and airports to ensure travellers understand the newly tightened rules. Blair emphasized the new rule does not replace the 14-day quarantine period.
The move, which has caught the travel industry off guard, follows criticism that federal travel restrictions and quarantine rules have been too lax.