Airlines around the world are struggling due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and travellers are asking what can be done. Guest flying into Calgary, Alberta are eligble to participate in a pilot program that will reduce Quarantine times from 14 days to just 2.
Many other airports across Canada, The US and Europe are looking to implement a similar strategy.
Starting on November 2, Alberta residents and eligible international travellers arriving on a non-stop flight into Calgary can take a rapid test for COVID-19 and possibly reduce their mandatory quarantine to as little as 2 days with a negative test. This includes guests who are connecting to airports within Alberta and essential foreign travellers staying within the province for at least 14 days after arrival.
The Government of Alberta and Government of Canada have agreed on a 26-week pilot project that will make YYC the exclusive airport for Canada’s first quarantine reduction project that will allow testing to take place on arrival from all international destinations, to reduce quarantine to as little as 2 days from 14 days.
After taking the rapid test, guests must:
stay within Alberta after their arrival
enter quarantine until test results are delivered in as little as 2 days
If the results are negative, guests are no longer required to stay at home. If results are positive, the 14-day quarantine is still required.
commit to submitting a second test after 6-7 days for validation and data collection
provide daily check-ins
avoid large events and senior care facilities
wear a mask in public
This pilot project may be restricted or broadened at any point as the Governments of Canada and Alberta evaluate through the trial. Guests who do not participate in the pilot must adhere to the 14 day quarantine.
As a result of this new initiative, travel to sun destinations is up from YYC. Westjet has announced a 15% off fare to all sun destinations. Check out the lower prices below: