Alberta COVID-19 Border Testing Pilot Program

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About the program

Starting November 2, 2020, travellers entering Alberta at select border crossings can take part in the Alberta COVID-19 Border Testing Pilot Program. The program is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta. It aims to reduce the length of mandatory quarantine for travellers entering Canada from international destinations.

The program will also ensure Albertans stay protected from COVID-19 transmission.

Travellers arriving to Alberta on domestic flights aren't eligible.

The program gives eligible international travellers:

If you're eligible, you'll be able to enrol in the program upon arrival in Alberta at:

Full details about the program and how it works are found on the Alberta international border pilot project web page.

Who can take part

When entering Alberta, you can quarantine for 14 days or take part in the pilot program if you're eligible. You may be eligible for the program if you:

Travellers with a compassionate exemption and/or limited release from quarantine aren't eligible to participate in the program.

If you're not eligible or don't take part then you'll have to follow standard procedures for international travellers.

Exempt international travellers

Some travellers are exempt from 14-day quarantine under the current mandatory isolation order. If you're exempt, you don't need to meet all of the above criteria. You can enrol in the program if you:

  • enter Alberta at:
    • Coutts land border
    • Calgary International Airport (direct flights only)
  • are free of COVID-19 symptoms at the time of entry to Canada
  • have had no contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days

If you're not eligible or don't take part then you'll have to follow standard procedures for exempt international travellers.

Participation requirements

While you take part in the program, you must:

If you violate these conditions, you may be:

Preventive measures for your first 14 days in Canada

If you receive a negative COVID-19 test result when you enter Canada, you'll be able to leave your place of quarantine. However, you must still meet other requirements to stay in the program for your first 14 days in Canada, which are:

In addition, you must not:

A second negative COVID-19 test result is required for:

Exempt international travellers

Exempt travellers don't have to meet the same requirements to take part in the program. They'll be offered 2 free COVID-19 tests.

The first test takes place when entering Canada at the Calgary International Airport or at the Coutts land border in Alberta.

The second test takes place 6 or 7 days after entry into Alberta at:

  • Coutts land border
  • Calgary International Airport
  • a separate designated testing location

If you cross the border daily or weekly, the program will offer you an optional follow-up test every 3 to 4 weeks.

You must continue to follow public health measures in place under the emergency order for travellers exempt from quarantine.

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