Change to Canada's pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement at the border for fully vaccinated travelers will be changing soon and it will make it easier for New Yorkers to cross the border.

The Canadian Federal Government announced on Thursday that starting on April 1st, 2022 it will be lifting its requirement for travelers entering the country to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

People looking to enter the country could be selected for random PCR testing at the airport, and travelers will still have to use the ArriveCAN app to enter their proof of vaccination before entering the country.

The current border crossing regulations dictate that fully vaccinated travelers have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test ahead of a scheduled flight or crossing a bridge heading into the country.

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The changes to requirements for entry to the country are happening because indicators, like positivity rates at the border, are decreasing.

The easing of these requirements to enter the country is expected to help improve tourism along the border. As the weather gets nicer, more and more people are expected to travel over the border. Towns along the border have called for the Canadian government to change these regulations in order to help the local economy in border towns.

Canada requires anyone using federally regulated air, rail, or marine transportation to be fully vaccinated.

Positively rates in Western New York and Ontario, Canada have continued to decline this year. Officials did warn that the new regulations could be changed if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases this Summer.

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