New COVID-19 testing for Canadian travellers returning to Alberta

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

International travellers entering Canada by land or air through Alberta will now have the option of testing for COVID-19 at the border. The mandatory quarantine for international travellers at the moment will still be maintained at 14 days of self isolation, but could be shortened to about 48 hours if a traveller receives a negative COVID-19 test result.

This will be available starting November 2 and will be offered at the Coutts land border crossing and the Calgary International Airport.

If the traveller is tested negative, they will be permitted to leave their place of quarantine as long as they commit to take a second COVID-19 test on day six or seven after arrival.

Travellers who do not participate in being tested at the airport for COVID-19 will have to quarantine for 14 days as per usual.

If this pilot project is successful, it will be expanded to Edmonton’s airport in the new year.

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