Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart Collaborate for Pre-flight COVID-19 Testing

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Air Canada has announced a collaboration with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide travellers with pre-flight COVID-19 RT-PCR testing. This will begin on December 7, those who are flying with Air Canada in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia will be able to book a COVID-19 test at participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Results will typically be available within 24-48 hours! But, the …

Canada-U.S. Border Closure Extended until Dec 21

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The Canada-U.S. border has been closed for all non-essential travel since March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then the restriction was extended for multiple times. It was recently announced that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to all non-essential travel until December 21,2020. Examples of non-essential (optional) travel include tourism, recreation and entertainment. Get in touch with …

New Mandatory Requirements for Travellers Entering Canada Effective Nov 21

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The Government of Canada recently announced that as of November 21, 2020, new mandatory requirements will be put in place for travellers to Canada. As of November 21, 2020, air travellers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their COVID-19 information through the ArriveCAN app before they board their flight, including: travel and contact information quarantine plan …

New COVID-19 testing for Canadian travellers returning to Alberta

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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 …

Unite with Extended Family Members who are Citizens or PRs

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In early October, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced processes to support enhanced family reunification. If you want to come to Canada and visit a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, check here to see if you are considered as an Extended Family Member

Government Update on Travel Restrictions and Support for Family Reunification

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have recently announced that, the Government of Canada is further strengthening the public health presence at the border and enhancing quarantine monitoring; increasing the use of digital forms and processes to allow critical information to be …

CBSA Extends International Travel Restrictions to End of Oct

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has announced that discretionary (non-essential) travel restrictions between Canada and countries other than the U.S. have been extended to October 31, 2020. If you are a foreign national arriving from a country other than the United States, to enter Canada, you must prove to the CBSA that you: are listed as being exempted from …

COVID Testing FAQs for Albertans Planning to Travel

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If you reside in Alberta, are currently planning to travel, and need COVID-19 testing and reporting services, you may find these FAQs helpful: How to book a COVID-19 test? All Albertans, including travelers, can access asymptomatic testing through AHS or by visiting a participating pharmacy. How long does do I need to wait to be tested? How long does it …