Which province reduced the quarantine times for coronavirus testing pilot?

Posted by in CIC News, on November 30, 2020

Alberta becomes the first province to decrease the quarantine time for incoming travellers from other countries by offering coronavirus tests at certain airports and land border crossings. Therefore, all the International travellers who will arrive at Calgary International Airport and the Coutts lands crossing can shorten their quarantine period be providing their Covid-19 negative test report.

Travellers are required to register for the pilot and complete an application form up to five days before arrival. If test is negative, the travellers will not have to complete the full 14-day quarantine period.

The travellers who do not register and are returning to Canada will have to follow the mandatory quarantine period, the Alberta webpage says. Travellers who apply and register for the reduced quarantine pilot will still have to arrive in Canada with an adequate 14-day quarantine plan.

Till now this pilot program is available to international travellers arriving through Coutts land border crossing, and Calgary International Airport only. However, the pilot is expected to expand to other places too, but for now passengers arriving from other airport are not eligible. The Edmonton International Airport is might join the pilot in early 2021, according to CBC.

Travellers who are eligible for this reduced quarantine pilot program include returning Canadians, and foreign nationals who are exempt from travel restrictions. There are a number of scenarios where foreign national are exempt, such an international travellers coming to Canada to visit immediate or extended family members. These travellers must be coming for more than 15 days, or have an essential reason to be in Canada for a shorter amount of time.

International travellers who are exempt under another category may also be eligible for the pilot. Also, all the International students going to a Designated Learning Institution with a coronavirus readiness plan, were also included to the list of exempt travellers last month. Work permit holders, and some approved permanent residents are also exempt.

Canada has also opened its borders to foreign nationals coming to Canada for compassionate reasons, like to care for a sick loved one, to be present in the final moments of life, or to attend a funeral.

Travellers who are not eligible for reduced quarantine include those with COVID-19 symptoms, who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within 14 days of arriving in Alberta, and those who do not have an acceptable quarantine plan.

People who left a foreign country and had transferred flights at another Canadian airport before arriving in Calgary are also not eligible. Travellers must be coming to the approved port of entry directly from abroad.

Also, travellers are not eligible if they are leaving Alberta for another Canadian province in less than 14 days. They may be eligible, however, if they are leaving Canada from Alberta within 14 days.

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