COVID-19 pre-boarding test requirements for air travel from China, Hong Kong and Macao

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Getting tested to board your flight

As of January 5, 2023: All air travellers 2 years of age and older, taking a flight originating from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao that lands in Canada must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status.

This applies to:

This doesn’t apply to:

You must:

Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid test result.

If you’ve tested positive and recovered from COVID-19

You must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular or antigen test.

Your proof must be from a test conducted between 10 and 90 days before your scheduled flight from China, Hong Kong or Macao.

Providing proof of your result

You must present an accepted test result (paper or electronic proof), which must include:

You must show proof of your test results even if you:

You must keep the proof of your test result until you leave the airport in Canada.

Who does not need a pre-boarding test

There are only a limited number of exceptions where you’re not required to show proof of a negative or a previous positive test, such as:

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