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Canada Reinstates Testing Upon Arrival for All 🇨🇦🇧🇧

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The article has significant impact on Canadians in Barbados. This is a quickly evolving situation and other changes to travel restrictions are expected.

Feds to reinstate testing for foreign air travel, reviewing booster strategy in light of Omicron.

“All air travelers coming from outside Canada, apart from the United States, will now need to be tested at the airport in which they are landing in Canada whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. They will then need to isolate themselves until they get the result of their test,”

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/feds-to-reinstate-testing-for-foreign-air-travel-reviewing-booster-strategy-in-light-of-omicron-1.5687538

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-omicron-more-to-do-1.6267817

Edited: December 01, 2021, 5:39 am
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Can’t really argue with that-I’m more concerned about what Barbados will do with their protocols,because if it goes back to the way it was previously(test & isolate),we’re out for yet another year..😥

Wait & see game continues..

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So....does this mean no PCR test 72 hrs before leaving Barbados to return to Canada?

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No, you still have to do the 72 hr. test before you enter Canada.

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No, it means the PCR 72 hours before returning + testing upon arrival. The government pays for your arrival test though.

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I agree with Jam, not that worried about being retested in Canada but if Barbados brings back quarantine in hotels we will be cancelling... again. I can see retest in Barbados and as long as we can quarantine at our rented accomodation we will go. That is reasonable IMO and is what other countries are doing. Of course all of this may not be necessary if omicron is found to not produce severe disease in the vaccinated.

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#5 NC,VERY preliminary news,but this could be quite a relief for us all:

“PRELIMINARY DATA but good news for your afternoon! Pfizer vaccine’s is only SLIGHTLY less effective in preventing infection with Omicron than with Delta- 90% as opposed to 95%- while it is AS EFFECTIVE in preventing serious symptoms- around 93% – at least for those boosted!”

The words “preliminary data” were repeated multiple times,so just as it’s early to be ultra positive,the reverse is also true.

More information to be forthcoming from Israel in a few days,according to the CNN Spanish press release..

Dr Chise-Sr Scientist,R & D

Dr Horowitz-Israel MOH

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Thanks Jam. At least it gives us hope.

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Here is what one of the first doctors in South Africa said about this Variant -

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/safrican-doctor-says-patients-with-omicron-variant-have-very-mild-symptoms-2021-11-28/

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I know Pfizer provides essentially the same protection from omicron as it does with the other variants and the CEO of Moderna stated that Moderna offers some protection but not as much as for the other variants but has anyone heard anything from AstraZeneca?

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To add to post#8, the link identifies the fact low vaccination rates and young unvaccinated are the source of infections and hospitalizations in Africa. The key to dealing with covid is vaccinations. Unvaccinated generally are the incubators of variants.

How will this affect travel to Barbados? Only time will tell, if any changes we’ll probably see them within a month.

Also the safeguards such as masking, social distancing are very effective in reducing spread.

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/omicron-covid-19-variant-12-01-21/index.html

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