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Visiting Newfoundland and Labrador Includes Various Tests

December 17, 2021 • 7:05 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently announced that every traveler aged five years and older arriving in the western Canadian province would be provided with COVID-19 rapid test kits in the coming days.

Rapid tests help screen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. 

This testing program is voluntary but strongly recommended for all travelers entering the province to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

And, anyone who tests positive with a rapid test must immediately self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 Assessment and Referral form or contact 811 to book a test that a healthcare provider will complete.

Additionally, anyone arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador who visited a post-secondary institution outside of the province 14 days before their arrival must get a PCR test upon arrival (day 0, 1, or 2). 

This requirement includes students, staff, and visitors who work or learn on-site at post-secondary institutions.

However, students or staff who have not visited the campus in the last 14 days before arriving in the province are excluded from these requirements.

In addition to the testing requirements outlined below, if a traveler (or a household member) develops any COVID-19 symptoms, testing must be arranged even if mild. In addition, this testing must be arranged even if a negative test result was previously received.

A set of Frequently Asked Questions has been posted to clarify these new requirements.

Furthermore, the Government of Canada has its testing, quarantine, and entry restrictions in addition to Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial requirements.

Moreover, effective December 15, 2021, the Canadian government says to 'avoid non-essential travel outside Canada, regardless of your vaccination status.'