Albertans are legally required to isolate for:
- 14 days if they returned from travel outside Canada or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
- 10 days if they have any COVID-19 symptoms not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing
Travellers entering Alberta from outside Canada
All non-exempt travellers entering Alberta from outside Canada are legally required to follow provincial and federal requirements. Several categories of people are exempted from travel restrictions if they have no symptoms.
When you arrive
When you arrive at the Edmonton or Calgary airports from an 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 using an infrared camera
- 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.
Similar public health measures will be implemented at the Alberta/U.S. Coutts border crossing. The Canada/U.S. border remains closed to non-essential travel.
Alberta isolation questionnaire
Starting May 20, all travellers entering Alberta from outside Canada by air must complete an isolation questionnaire to demonstrate they have appropriate plans and the necessary supports in place to isolate for 14 days.
You will receive a provincial isolation questionnaire to fill out at a provincial checkpoint after clearing customs. You can also print it off in advance and bring it with you:
Officials will review your completed questionnaire with you at the provincial checkpoints.
- If your plan is acceptable, you will be permitted to leave the airport. You must go directly home or to the place where you will be isolating and are not allowed to leave.
- If your plan is incomplete, provincial officials will support you to meet isolation requirements.
Prepare for isolation before you arrive
Prepare for your isolation well before you get to Alberta. Once you get here, you must go straight home and are not allowed to leave the house. Consider:
- 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)
After you arrive
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.
Passengers on flights with confirmed cases
Albertans should monitor their air travel for flights with confirmed COVID-19 cases, even if it was limited to within Canada. Flights that have confirmed cases and the affected seats are posted online by the Government of Canada.
If you recently returned from a flight:
- Check the federal list of affected flights for updates
- Monitor for symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- If you become sick during this time, you must isolate for at least 10 additional days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
Travel within Alberta
Responsible travel to campgrounds, summer homes, cabins and cottages within Alberta is permitted. Physical distancing and gathering restrictions still apply.
If you travel in Alberta:
- pack your own food and stop for gas only if necessary
- take all necessary precautions to protect your health and the health of others
- Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public.
For more information, visit guidance for outdoors activities.
An official global travel advisory is in effect. Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada and all cruise ship travel.
Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until Stage 3 of Alberta's relaunch strategy.
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 exemptions:
- flight attendants
- commercial carriers
If you fail to follow this public health order to isolate, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Courts could administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.
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 AHS public health inspectors online or leave a message at 1-833-415-9179
Complaints that require an immediate response related to gathering restrictions or physical distancing can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line.