Covid Update: Qantas is Dropping Its Vaccine Mandate, While Canada is Resuming Random Testing of International Arrivals to some airports. Both policies take effect on July 19, 2022.
Canada Resumes Random COVID-19 Testing of International Air Arrivals
Canada, which in June 2022 temporarily dropped its random covid testing of fully vaccinated passengers arriving on international flights, will resume random testing on July 19, 2022 at Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto airports.
Passengers who are chosen for mandatory random testing will receive an email within 15 minutes of completing their customs declaration. According to Health Canada, “the email will contain information to help arrange for a COVID-19 test with a testing provider in their region.” In order to prevent the kind of waiting and delays previously seen at airports, the mandatory tests will either be at offsite locations via in-person appointments and pharmacies, or self-swab tests with a video proctor (similar to how Abbott BinaxNOW Covid tests work). If selected for mandatory random testing, passengers must complete their test by the end of the next calendar day.
Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to get a COVID-19 test upon arrival into Canada, as well as on day eight of their mandatory 14-day quarantine. All travelers must provide their information on the ArriveCAN app or website 72 hours prior to their arrival in the country.
Qantas Drops Vaccine Mandate
Back in 2020, Qantas required passengers to be fully vaccinated. But Australia's vaccination roll-out, which has resulted, as of mid-2022, in more than 95% of Australians age 16+ being fully vaccinated, prompted the government to change its vaccination requirement. As of July 6, 2022, Australia does not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country, although face masks are still mandatory on inbound international flights. Hence, Qantas, as of 12:01am July 19, 2022 (AEST) won't require proof of vaccination to travel on Qantas. Until that time, Qantas does still require proof of full vaccination. Of course, some countries (including the U.S., for non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents) do still require full vaccination to enter.
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