Testing and Quarantine 

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.

Coming or returning to Canada? Before you depart:

  1. Complete pre-departure negative COVID-19 testing requirement within 72 hours of departure.
  2. Submit mandatory travel information using the ArriveCAN app.
  3. Make a three-day reservation at a hotel near YYC that is a Government Authorized Accommodation (GAA). List available here or call 1-800-294-8253 (toll-free within North America) or 1-613-830-2992 (collect outside of North America).
  4. Register for a COVID-19 arrival test here at no cost, up to five days before arrival. 
  5. Understand the new Government of Canada requirements upon arrival.

When you arrive in Canada:

  1. Clear customs with Canada Border Services Agency and Public Health Agency of Canada.
  2. Collect baggage.
  3. Proceed to arrival COVID-19 testing area and complete test. Obtain information and/or test kit for follow up test.
  4. Contact your hotel to arrange for shuttle transportation to begin quarantine, if applicable. Pick-up area information is available from your hotel. If you have your private vehicle parked at the airport, you may drive it directly to your quarantine hotel. No stops or other types of transportation are allowed.

Departing Canada Testing

All travellers flying to the U.S. who are two years of age and older require a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country. 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.

KLM passengers

As per the Dutch government’s requirement to have a negative COVID-19 test within four-hours of departure (in addition to the mandatory negative PCR test), there is now an immediate testing lab operated by Numihealth, located in the International Terminal Check-in Hall. (KLM passengers are required to pay for the testing.) Reservations are not required, and it is recommended to arrive at least four hours prior to your flight time.

Visit KLM’s website for more information.