Starting March 1, Canada will ease entry travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers! A Rapid Antigen Test will be accepted instead of the mandatory PCR Test; although, travelers can still enter with a PCR test within 72 hours of travel. The antigen test must be administered by a laboratory, healthcare setting, or telehealth service, no more than 24 hours before a traveler's scheduled flight or arrival at Canada's land border. Additionally, the new measures include dropping the compulsory COVID-19 test on entry; the federal government will announce this at a later time. There's a handful of eased travel restrictions coming after February, which we're outlining below.

Importantly, the Canadian government will adjust its Travel Health Notice from a Level 3, which means it is no longer recommended that Canadians avoid non-essential travel. "Canadians should still exercise caution when traveling abroad," Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health said Tuesday. Previously, the government recommended against all non-essential travel, and now it is only urging citizens to take precautions.

While children under the age of 12 who weren't fully vaccinated would've needed to isolate, which Canada is now lifting if traveling with fully vaccinated adults. And if you're a fully vaccinated Canadian making a short trip abroad that's less than 72 hours, you won't even need to test.

On Feb. 28 at 4:00 p.m. ET, Transport Canada's Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will expire, meaning that international passenger flights can land at all remaining Canadian airports that usually receive international travelers.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated once receiving their final dose at least 15 calendar days prior to arriving in Canada. Canada's travel restrictions include the continuation of submitting mandatory travel information through the ArriveCAN app or website.