COVID-19 Updates: State of public health emergency declared.
As of November 30, 2021, travellers (12 years and older) need to be fully vaccinated to travel by air or rail within Canada with very few exceptions. Presenting a valid COVID-19 test is no longer accepted as an alternative to vaccination for travel. Contact your airline or railway company regarding their boarding requirements.
- The Government of Canada advises all Canadians to be fully vaccinated before they travel and to follow public health measures at their destination. For more information, visit the Travel Advice and Advisory website.
- International travellers arriving into Canada (including Canadians returning from outside of Canada) must comply with federal travel restrictions, entry requirements and mandatory COVID-19 testing (where applicable).
- Learn more about Canada’s requirements for travel, testing and borders.
- The Government of Alberta currently imposes no additional travel restrictions upon international travellers to Alberta.
- Travel exemptions (including Industry Travel Exemptions) from the provincial government are no longer required.
- Federal travel restrictions continue to apply.
Plan for your travel
All travellers entering Alberta from outside Canada must have appropriate plans and the necessary supports in place to quarantine for 14 days (in the case that this is required). Travellers must submit their quarantine plans through ArriveCAN using the online portal or the ArriveCAN mobile app before boarding a flight back to Canada or arriving at the land border crossing.
Travellers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 pre-travel test result to the airline before boarding a flight to Canada or to the border agents upon entry if entering Canada by land.
- Effective November 30, travellers re-entering Canada (by land or air) within 72 hours of leaving, are not required to provide a pre-entry test result.
As of November 30, 2021, all exempt essential service providers are now required to identify their vaccination status in ArriveCAN, regardless of whether or not they are allowed to enter as unvaccinated. This includes:
- temporary foreign workers
- emergency service providers
- cross-border workers
- medical and health care support
- trade and transport workers (for example, truck driver or crew member on any aircraft or train)
For more information, see adjustments to Canada’s border and travel measures.
Steps for arriving in Alberta
- Register and submit your travel, contact and quarantine information on ArriveCAN using the ArriveCAN mobile app or through the online portal within 72 hours of your planned arrival.
- Follow instructions given upon arrival for completing your arrival test (partially and non-vaccinated travellers, and fully vaccinated travellers selected for random mandatory testing).
- Travelers should register in advance with Switch Health for arrival testing. Travelers no longer need to register with the Government of Alberta.
- Partially or non-vaccinated travellers arriving into Canada will either be tested on-site upon clearing customs or provided a take-home test kit to complete an arrival test.
- Fully vaccinated travellers selected for random mandatory testing may be tested on-site or provided a take-home test kit to complete an arrival test. No additional tests are required.
- Full instructions on how to register your take-home kit online before taking your sample are included with the kit.
- Proceed to your destination.
- If partially or non-vaccinated, proceed to your home or quarantine location to complete your 14-day quarantine.
- If deemed fully vaccinated by Canadian customs officials, no further travel restrictions apply. No quarantine required.
- If partially or non-vaccinated, complete a follow-up test 8 days after arriving in Canada.
- Regardless of your port-of-entry kit, you will be given an additional take-home kit for use to complete this test. Completing your day 8 test at a local pharmacy is no longer an option.
- Partially and non-vaccinated travellers, if you have no symptoms and your second test result comes back negative, you may exit quarantine once you have completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- Self-monitor your health. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself immediately until you are feeling well again.
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 rows should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
- If symptoms develop, isolate immediately until you are feeling well again.
For partially and non-vaccinated travellers, the federal government has in place a compassionate exemption online application process for those seeking a limited release from quarantine to visit a patient, client or resident who is receiving critical care for a life-threatening illness or imminent end-of-life care, and/or to attend a funeral or celebration of life event.
Learn more about compassionate entry and limited release from quarantine.
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