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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

All international travelers are still not being tested at Toronto Pearson

All international travelers at Toronto Pearson are still not being tested

Key takeayaws:

  • According to the government, the “extraordinary and rapid step” was taken to protect Canadians against the omicron strain.
  • A spokeswoman for Health Canada stated that all travelers would have to wait a few more days to be tested.

The new program is still not in place at Toronto Pearson, days after the Canadian government announced mandatory COVID-19 testing for all international travelers.

Officials said Tuesday that all international visitors returning to Canada, except for Americans, would be needed to take a COVID-19 test and isolate at home until the results were obtained.

The “extraordinary and rapid step” was taken, according to the government, to protect Canadians from the omicron variety.

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Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday that “we are taking immediate action at our borders to limit travel-related importations of the Omicron variety.”

However, Toronto Pearson indicated four days later that they are still waiting for word from the federal government on when the new testing program will begin.

COVID-19 testing of overseas travelers occurs at random until the program takes effect, and vaccinated travelers do not need to isolate.

All international passengers are still not being tested at Toronto Pearson
All international passengers are still not being tested at Toronto Pearson. Image from: Reuters

On Saturday, a representative for Toronto Pearson told CTV News Toronto that “further information would be forthcoming in the coming days.” “The government needs more time to put the infrastructure in place; therefore, not all passengers are being tested yet.”

A spokeswoman for Health Canada stated that all travelers would have to wait a few more days to be tested.

“We’re quickly increasing our capacity and testing more and more passengers every day,” a spokeswoman said.

The government has stated that receiving test results could take up to three days once the mandatory testing scheme is implemented.

Those who have not been vaccinated will remain at home for the full 14 days of their quarantine and will be tested again on day eight.

Source: CTV News

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