International border pilot project
Eligible international travellers returning to Alberta may be able to participate in a pilot program that is safely testing reduced quarantine periods. Find out more.
An official global travel advisory remains in effect. Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- The Canada/U.S. border remains closed to non-essential travel.
- Some essential service workers are exempt from travel restrictions if they have no symptoms.
All non-exempt travellers returning to or entering Alberta from outside Canada are legally required to follow provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.
Prepare for quarantine (isolation) before you arrive
Once you get to Alberta, you must go straight home and are not allowed to leave the house.
Consider the following before you arrive:
- the location of your 14-day isolation
- how you will travel to your isolation location
- how you will avoid close contact with people in your household, especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
- how you will get necessary supplies and supports (food, medication, cleaning supplies, child care and pet care)
- social or family support (you can’t visit anyone or have visitors while in mandatory isolation)
What to do when you arrive
When you arrive in Alberta by land or air from international destination, you must:
- Stop at the provincial checkpoint for screening:
- submit a questionnaire detailing your mandatory 14-day isolation plan
- undergo a touch-free temperature check
- disclose any COVID-19 symptoms
- Provide the Government of Canada basic information using the traveller contact information form, available through the ArriveCAN mobile app.
- Travel directly to your isolation location. If you do not comply with mandatory isolation requirements there are a number of enforcement measures in place, including issuing fines.
- Stop at the provincial checkpoint for screening:
Complete the isolation questionnaire
All travellers entering Alberta from outside Canada must complete a provincial isolation questionnaire to demonstrate they have appropriate plans and the necessary supports in place to isolate for 14 days.
You must submit a provincial isolation questionnaire at the provincial checkpoint after clearing customs. The questionnaire can be completed in advance online:
Officials will review the completed questionnaire with you at the provincial checkpoints.
- Once you submit your completed isolation plan, you must go directly home or to the place where you will be isolating and must remain there for the duration of the 14-day isolation period.
- If you require extra assistance to complete your isolation plan, officials will support you to meet the isolation requirements.
What happens during quarantine (isolation)
Provincial officials from the Returning Traveller Outreach Program will contact arriving travellers within 3 days to:
- confirm you are following mandatory isolation requirements
- answer questions from travellers related to mandatory isolation
- give travellers information on relevant supports
Travellers are encouraged to download and use the voluntary ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app.
Travel within Canada
Travellers to other provinces or territories may be subject to additional restrictions and health measures at their final destination. Please check with local authorities before leaving Alberta.
Responsible travel within Alberta is permitted:
- follow physical distancing and gathering restrictions
- take all necessary precautions to protect your health and the health of others
- download and use the mobile contact tracing app while out in public
Flights with confirmed cases
Recent passengers on domestic and international airlines should monitor the Government of Canada list of flights that have confirmed COVID-19 cases and follow instructions if affected.
- Check the federal list of affected flights.
- Passengers in affected seats are considered close contacts and are at risk of getting COVID-19.
- Close contacts are legally required to quarantine (isolate) for 14 days and monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- If symptoms develop:
- isolate for at least 10 additional days from the beginning of symptoms or until feeling well, whichever takes longer
- take the online assessment to get tested
Travel restriction exemptions are assessed on a case-by-case basis based on measures industries have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
At this time, the following professions have approved exemptions:
- flight attendants
- commercial carriers
- select industry sectors
- worksites with quality of life exemptions
If you fail to follow this public health order to isolate, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine.
If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:
- remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk
- submit a complaint to Alberta Health Services public health inspectors online or leave a message at 1-833-415-9179
Complaints that require an immediate response can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line.