COVID-19 Traveller Updates

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COVID-19 Traveller Updates

Overview

Last Updated March 29, 2022

Tourism Calgary’s focus is on the health and safety of all residents and visitors in accordance with the Province of Alberta and Government of Canada. Public health measures related to the Omicron wave in Alberta are being lifted in 3 steps. Step 1 started on February 9, 2022 and moved to step 2 on March 1, 2022.

Effective April 1, 2022 fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water.

For those planning travel to Calgary, we encourage you to take all of the necessary precautions and familiarize yourselves with the applicable COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions. To make things easier we’ve compiled resources to answer top visitor questions.

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Border Information

Is the Canadian border open?

Yes. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals are eligible to travel to Canada.

What types of vaccines are accepted?

The following vaccines are accepted for travelling to and within Canada:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Do I need to provide a negative COVID-19 test at the border?

Yes, for now. All foreign and Canadian nationals 5 years or older must provide proof of a professionally administered or observed antigen test result no more than 1 day before your scheduled flight or entry to Canada by land or water. Proof of a valid​​​​​​​ negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of your scheduled flight’s departure time to Canada or your entry to Canada by land or water is also acceptable. Effective April 1, 2022 fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land or water.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Canada?

As of February 28, 2022, travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will no longer be required to quarantine while awaiting their test result. All travellers must submit a quarantine plan through the ArriveCAN app in case they are randomly selected for PCR testing upon arrival.

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Air Travel

Are airlines flying into Calgary?

Yes. Air Canada and WestJet are the two main carriers into Calgary and both have gone above-and-beyond to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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Current Restrictions

What restrictions are currently in place in Alberta?

On February 9, 2022 Alberta entered into a 3 step plan to lift COVID-19 public health measures. An overview of the 3 steps, as they relate to tourism, is listed below:

Step 1 – Effective February 9, 2022

  • The Restrictions Exemption Program (aka vaccine passport program) is removed.
  • Capacity limits in large facilities and entertainment venues (500+) remain in place, but food and beverages now allowed in seats.
  • Mandatory masking requirements removed for children 12 and under as of February 14, 2022.

Step 2 – Planned for March 1, 2022

  • Capacity on all large venues and entertainment venues lifted.
  • Indoor and outdoor social gathering limits lifted.
  • Indoor masking no longer required.

Step 3 – TBD

  • Mandatory isolation removed (becomes a recommendation only).
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Parks Admission

Are Provincial and National Parks open in Alberta?

Yes. Alberta Provincial Parks are open with the necessary safety measurement in place, as are Alberta’s National Parks, including Banff National Park.

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Mask Policy

Where do I need to wear a mask?

The City of Calgary requires you to wear a mask in high risk settings such as health and continuing care facilities and on public transit. 

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COVID-19 Testing & Resources

Where can I get a COVID-19 test in Calgary?

You can pay for a private COVID-19 test from the following clinics (most offer both PCR and Rapid testing):

Who do I contact if I get sick while I’m travelling in Alberta?

Please call Health Link 811 at the first sign of symptoms before going to a health care facility, unless severely ill.

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