Ottawa extends exemption for Canadian travellers stranded in South Africa

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Published December 13, 2021 at 12:43 pm

OTTAWA — The federal government is extending, and slightly expanding, a travel exemption for Canadians trying to return home from South Africa.

Earlier this month, the government lifted a requirement for Canadian travellers from South Africa to have a negative COVID-19 molecular test result in a third country before coming to Canada. 

An update on the federal government’s website says the exemption will remain in place until at least Jan. 7.

In addition, beginning Tuesday, the exemption will apply to eligible travellers on all indirect flights departing South Africa to Canada, regardless of the airline.

Under the exemption the flight to Canada must depart within 18 hours of the traveller’s arrival in the country of transit.

Prior to this exemption, Canadians travelling from one of 10 African countries, including South Africa, were required to obtain a COVID-19 test in the country they were leaving, as well as a second test while in transit in a third country before arriving in Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 13, 2021.

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