On Jan. 29, the Government of Canada announced further restrictions to non-essential travel.
All air travellers arriving in Canada will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival and at the end of their mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own cost. Travellers must also reserve a three-night stay at a Government of Canada approved hotel while awaiting their results, at their own cost. Travellers will still be required to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine under the Quarantine Act. See Flying to Canada Checklist.
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result 72-hours prior willbe required for travellers entering by land. A COVID-19 test will also be required at the end of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Limited exceptions include commercial truckers. See Driving to Canada Checklist.
- All travellers will be required to submit their travel and contact information via ArriveCAN before crossing the border.
An official global travel advisory is in effect.
Both the Governments of Canada and Alberta continue to advise against all non-essential travel outside of Canada and all cruise ship travel.
Some essential service workers are exempt from travel restrictions if they have no symptoms. Refer to the Government of Alberta for more information.
If you require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to travel, all Albertans can access a new COVID-19 travel testing service offered by Dynalife Medical Labs for $150 per traveller.
Returning to Alberta
- As of Jan. 7, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented (either paper or electronic proof of result) to an airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada.
- All travellers who have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the last 14 days should:
- Get tested even if you don't have symptoms, AHS will contact you directly to book a test
- Quarantine immediately, even if you tested negative as part of the border pilot program
- Effective Mar. 25, 2020, the Government of Canada has implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine, under the Quarantine Act, for travellers returning to Canada.
- All travellers who returned to Alberta from outside Canada in the last 14 days are required to quarantine immediately for 14 days after the date of return and monitor for symptoms.
- Mandatory public health measures are in effect provincewide. If you do not have a household in Alberta, you must not stay in other people’s homes while these restrictions are in place. Out-of-town visitors cannot stay in other people's homes while these restrictions are in place, regardless of where they are coming from.
- If you have symptoms, see this section for more information.