COVID-19 Traveller Updates

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COVID-19 Traveller Updates


Last Updated December 2, 2021

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. Effective September 16, 2021 the Government of Alberta enacted a state of public health emergency resulting in new measures to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic’s fourth wave in Alberta.

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 with some exceptions, which were announced on November 26, 2021. Entrance into Canada requires that you show proof of vaccination using the ArriveCAN mobile app.

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Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Canada?

No. If deemed fully vaccinated by Canadian customs officials, no quarantine is required.

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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 Calgary?

As of November 15, 2021, Albertans 12 and older can only show their proof of vaccination through an Alberta vaccine record QR code. Visitors from other provinces can show their proof of vaccination in whatever form their home province has issued. The following businesses will be required to check for proof of vaccine or a privately paid negative COVID test (within 72 hours) for customers over the age of 12:

  • Restaurants (for sit-down dining); 
  • Bars and pubs;
  • Nightclubs;
  • Casinos;
  • Entertainment and recreation centres (bowling, racing entertainment, arcades, billiards halls, other similar venues);
  • Museums and art galleries;
  • Movie theatres;
  • Conferences, meeting spaces, halls and rented spaces;
  • Weddings and funerals held in public venues;
  • Professional sporting or other performance events (for spectators);
  • Private social events held in public facilities;
  • Adult recreation sport groups;
  • Recreation classes and activities; and
  • Amenities in hotels (pools, gyms, etc.);

Retail, shopping centres, takeout, delivery and drive-through, personal services and accommodations (ie: hotel rooms), and employees / workers are not included in the bylaw.

See more information on the bylaw here.

What restrictions are currently in place in Alberta?

Effective September 20, 2021:

  • Restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and nightclubs require proof of vaccination (or negative test result) to continue operating as usual OR are restricted to outdoor dining only with a maximum of 6 people per table (one household or 2 close contacts for those living alone).
  • Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities require proof of vaccination (or negative test result) to continue operating as usual OR must reduce capacity to 1/3 and limit attendees to household members only, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.
  • Retail stores and shopping malls do not require proof of vaccination, but are limited to 1/3 capacity and require attendees to only shop with household members, or 2 close contacts if they live alone.

What restrictions are in place at hotels?

Hotels are not required to check proof of vaccination for people staying there. However, they do have to check at any restaurant, recreation facility, conference space or other amenity area inside the hotel to continue operating as usual. As with any other public indoor space in Alberta, masks are mandatory inside hotels.

Are there any additional restrictions for travel to and within Alberta?

  • No. There are no additional travel restrictions from the Government of Alberta. Alberta does not require proof of vaccination to enter Alberta for visitors arriving from another part of Canada.
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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?

Masks are required in all indoor public spaces across Alberta.

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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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