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USA Now Requires a Negative Covid Test For Air Entry From Canada Starting Jan 26

USA Now Requires a Negative Covid Test For Air Entry From Canada Starting Jan 26

Old Jan 12, 21, 3:57 pm
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USA Now Requires a Negative Covid Test For Air Entry From Canada Starting Jan 26

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/12/healt...est/index.html
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Old Jan 12, 21, 6:19 pm
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And there goes intl travel.....lets just tank it all, why not?
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Old Jan 13, 21, 12:29 am
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I'd be quite pleased with this if it came with the bold part of the comment from the airline industry group:
In a statement Tuesday, the group, Airlines for America, said it supports a national testing standard set by the federal government.“Since the onset of this crisis, U.S. airlines have relied on science to help guide decisions as they continuously reevaluate and update their processes, procedures and protocols,” the group said in a statement. “Recognizing that this regime will provide an additional layer of safety in the travel journey, we encourage the administration to move forward with recommendations to concurrently lift existing entry restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom and Brazil.”
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Old Jan 13, 21, 5:12 am
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I suppose such tests will need to be at Shopper’s Drug Mart and on the traveller’s dime? I’m under the impression that in some provinces (e.g. Ontario) forthcoming travel does not qualify you for a test…
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Old Jan 13, 21, 6:45 am
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I suppose such tests will need to be at Shopper’s Drug Mart and on the traveller’s dime? I’m under the impression that in some provinces (e.g. Ontario) forthcoming travel does not qualify you for a test…
Travel medicine is often not covered by the public system so it's not surprising it would not cover a COVID test for non-essential leisure vacationers who are disregarding a government advisory against travel. Medical requirements for essential travel meanwhile are often tax deductible expenses for businesses.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 9:10 am
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Will this continue once vaccination is wide spread and it is possible to show proof of vaccination?
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Old Jan 13, 21, 9:24 am
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Will this continue once vaccination is wide spread and it is possible to show proof of vaccination?
My guess is yes as even if you are vaccinated you will not get significantly sick if you catch covid BUT you can still give covid to someone who is not vaccinated and they could then be in deep trouble. In other words the vaccine does not prevent you from catching covid and spreading it to others but it does limit how sick you will get if you catch it.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 11:43 am
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I suppose such tests will need to be at Shopper’s Drug Mart and on the traveller’s dime? I’m under the impression that in some provinces (e.g. Ontario) forthcoming travel does not qualify you for a test…
You can get a free test (if you have a headache) with no guarantees on turnaround. Otherwise pay Shoppers.

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Will this continue once vaccination is wide spread and it is possible to show proof of vaccination?
Very unlikely. And I'd expect Canada to be one of the last places to implement this given how slow restrictions get lifted once they are in place here...
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Old Jan 13, 21, 12:17 pm
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Originally Posted by sydneyracquelle View Post
My guess is yes as even if you are vaccinated you will not get significantly sick if you catch covid BUT you can still give covid to someone who is not vaccinated and they could then be in deep trouble. In other words the vaccine does not prevent you from catching covid and spreading it to others but it does limit how sick you will get if you catch it.
My understanding is they don't know whether you can catch and spread covid because that wasn't studied in the initial trials, so they are warning people that is possible. However, I don't think anyone can say you will certainly be able to spread after vaccination.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 1:29 pm
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Old Jan 13, 21, 2:06 pm
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I think all travel related tests will have to be on the traveller's dime. At this point it looks like only paid for tests will give somekind of guarantee of the test returning within 48 hours or so.
My son just went to the US and had to have a test for the particular state he was flying to (MA). The cost was CAD 295 done by CVM Medical at YVR North Terminal.
No-one ever asked to see the test though, whether at check-in or arrival.

I believe testing will become the norm for travel worldwide at least for a while and once there is more clarity about the vaccines, it might replace the testing requirement as already hinted by Lufthansa (not confirmed by the German government yet as far as I know):

https://www.lufthansa.com/de/en/entry-into-germany
A $295 test per person is going to kill any thoughts of a quick 3-4-day weekend getaway for a family.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 2:31 pm
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A $295 test per person is going to kill any thoughts of a quick 3-4-day weekend getaway for a family.
That is what the government is intending. Financial disincentives for non-essential leisure travel. Seems to be working so far.
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Old Jan 13, 21, 2:46 pm
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The US requirements is for all international arrivals. It has nothing to do with Canada.

The testing requirement was sought by the US air carriers as a first step towards establishing air corridors which would include a loosening of entry restrictions for arrivals from much of Europe. But, its a multi-step process.

The CDC Order requires the pre-departure test and recommends (but does not require) a 3-5 day quarantine followed by a second test. Seems that the next step will be loosening European entry restrictions and adding a mandatory 3-day quarantine with a 2nd test.
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