Starting November 2, eligible international travellers returning to Alberta at select airport and border crossings can participate in a pilot program that will allow them to quarantine for less time provided they test negative for COVID-19 and if they commit to following specific public health and testing measures.
All other returning international travellers must legally quarantine (isolate) for 14 days after arriving.
The pilot is a first of its kind partnership with the Government and Canada and industry to safely explore ways to reduce quarantine requirements for travellers while still protecting Albertans from COVID-19.
- Participants will be closely monitored.
- Pilot program will help inform decisions on new measures for international travel.
- Tests processed as part of the pilot program will not affect public testing timelines.
Eligible candidates returning from international travel:
- returning Canadian citizens
- permanent residents
- foreign nationals currently permitted entry into Canada
- travellers exempt from 14-day quarantine, including essential service workers
- have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of entry to Canada
- have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
- do not have an acceptable quarantine plan
- returning Canadians proceeding to other provinces (participants must stay in Alberta for 14 days after entering Canada)
- domestic travellers (they are not required to quarantine)
At this time, the pilot program is only available at the following locations in Canada:
- Coutts land border crossing
- Calgary International Airport
The pilot program may be expanded to other locations in the future.
How to participate
When the program begins, eligible travellers returning to Canada at the Coutts border crossing or Calgary International Airport will be invited to participate upon arrival.
More information will be shared prior to the start of the program.
Why we’re doing it
Safely exploring ways to resume travel is an important step in Alberta’s economic recovery. The pilot program will help us collect critical information that will ensure changes to public health measures are informed by strong scientific evidence. Strong measures will be kept in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Government of Alberta – International Border Pilot Project
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