Testing Changes A Step In The Right Direction

With the federal government’s changes to testing requirements coming into effect today (Feb. 28, 2022), The National Airlines Council of Canada’s (NACC) interim president and CEO, Suzanne Acton-Gervais said that: “Canadians looking to reconnect with family and loved ones can do so with a little less confusion and complexity starting today.”

In a statement, Acton-Gervais noted that: “As of Feb. 28, air travellers will be given the option to use either a rapid antigen test or a molecular PCR test to meet pre-entry requirements.  Providing flexibility in acceptable pre-departure tests will give comfort to the many Canadians who are keen to travel once again, without incurring excessive costs to do so.”

NACC’s interim boss continued: “The Government of Canada no longer recommends that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes.  Meanwhile, the duplication of testing on arrival also ceases as of today, as they revert back to random testing.”

And she pointed out that; “Travelling with young family members is also easier as of today, as unvaccinated children will no longer be subject to a quarantine when returning home. Canadians will also have more options when departing and arriving, as all Canadian airports are now reopened to international markets.”

Acton-Gervais said that: “These changes are a step in the right direction – but more needs to be done. Canada’s airlines are asking the federal government to produce a detailed science-based plan for a predictable, safe return to travel that aligns with our global allies, starting with removal on April 1st of pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers.”

She observed that: “Just last week, the European Council advised EU countries to lift all testing and quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated passengers.  Many countries have moved to eliminate pre-departure testing requirements.  The latest scientific evidence suggests now is the time for Canada to consider doing the same.

Canada’s economic recovery won’t happen without the recovery of the aviation industry.”

And Acton-Gervais concluded: “Canada’s airlines will continue to invest in the safe restart of travel.  With the continued collaboration of the Government of Canada, Canada’s airlines will help drive a return to the connected way of life that matters to all of us; connecting people with each other, and Canada with the world, in order to keep our economy going.”