Canada’s Ban On Flights From The U.K. To Expire As New Testing Rules Kick In

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Canada’s ban on flights from the United Kingdom is not being extended, replaced by a stringent COVID-19 testing program for air travellers. Canada halted most air travel from the U.K., where a mutated strain of COVID-19 had been discovered, on Dec. 20. New rules that require passengers returning from abroad to show proof of negative COVID-19 test results will prevent the virus from bleeding across borders, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said. Effective Thursday, passengers aged five and older must take a PCR test — the type of test common in Canada involving a deep nasal swab, and distinct from a rapid test. The test has to be administered less than 72 hours before the scheduled departure, or 96 hours in the cases of 28 countries and territories, mainly in the Caribbean and South America, Garneau said at a virtual press conference.