COVID-19 Testing at YYC

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 Pre-departure testing for air travellers coming to Canada

All international travellers five years of age and older arriving into Canada must obtain a negative PCR or LAMP COVID-19 test result prior to boarding their aircraft. This test must be obtained in the international destination the traveller is currently in and must be taken within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure to Canada.

Find additional information in Transport Canada’s media release or FAQ page.

This requirement is mandatory and is separate from the Government of Alberta’s International Border Testing Pilot Program

Arrival Testing - International Border Testing Pilot Program 

The Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recently announced a science-based, arrival testing program at YYC, the first of its kind at any Canadian airport.

Eligible arriving international passengers will be able to voluntarily get a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada at YYC Calgary International Airport. This 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.

You must be arriving on a flight from outside Canada to be eligible for the testing. Guests arriving domestically are not eligible.

International Border Testing Pilot Program staff are on-site according to airline schedules to accommodate all arriving international flights.

Steps to follow prior to arriving at YYC:

Visit the Government of Alberta’s website to determine if you’re eligible for the International Border Testing Pilot Program.  

Steps to follow upon arrival at YYC: 

  1. You must fill in the ArriveCAN app form with your quarantine plan and contact info up to 48 hours in advance as of Nov. 21.  
  2. Complete your customs declaration with the CanBorder eDeclaration app
  3. Complete the International Border Testing Pilot Program questionnaire (this can be done up to five days in advance of arriving).

Visit the Government of Alberta’s website for more information on the program.  

Departure Testing

As of Jan. 26, 2021, all travellers two years of age and older require a negative COVID-19 test to enter the U.S. More information can be found on the C.D.C.'s website

Alberta-based DynaLIFE is offering approved departure COVID-19 testing for guests embarking on essential or emergency international travel. 

Travellers will have to pay a fee for this test and are responsible for determining the testing requirements for their destination country and ensuring the test will meet that country/jurisdiction’s requirement.

Visit DynaLIFE’s website to book and get more information about departure testing. For questions about test results, please contact DynaLIFE directly.  

You can also check with your airline to see if it has a testing partner.