Nationals from 10 African countries, including Nigeria, will henceforth go through some hurdles and a series of tests to be permitted entry into Canada due to the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant which some have associated with the continent.
The 10 countries are:
- South Africa
But the Canadian government made it clear that such persons would be required to obtain proof of a valid negative COVID test from a third country, meaning they must present proof of in-transit PCR test results for entry into Canada.
Added to this, this category of travelers must in not more than three days of departure, get a valid negative COVID-19 molecular test in a third country before continuing their journey to Canada. Even more, the passengers will have to complete testing upon arrival to Canada, despite their vaccination status or having had a previous history of testing positive for the virus.
The advisory reads:
They will be permitted onward travels once they have received a negative arrival test result.
Those arriving by land may be allowed to proceed directly to their suitable quarantine location, the statement reads.
” If they do not have a suitable and robust quarantine plan where they will not have contact with anyone with whom they have not traveled with or do not have private transportation to their place of quarantine, they will be directed to stay at a designated quarantine facility.
” There will be increased scrutiny of quarantine plans for travelers from these countries and rigorous monitoring to ensure travelers are complying with quarantine measures.
” Further PHAC is contacting travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, or having had a previous of testing positive to covid 19 who have entered Canada from these countries in the past 14 days to direct them to be tested and to quarantine while they wait for results for those tests.
Let’s be positive this will all go away.