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COVID-19 testing pilot arrives at YYC
Bob Sartor
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COVID-19 testing pilot arrives at YYC

Summary: We are proud to be the first airport in Canada to have a government-approved, science-based testing pilot for arriving international guests.

This is news that I’ve been looking forward to for many months. Today, along with the provincial and federal governments and WestJet we announced that YYC Calgary International Airport will be the first airport in Canada to have a government-approved, science-based testing pilot for Canadians arriving as international passengers. I believe this is the lifeline our airport and airline partners need to instill confidence in air travel.

Here's some updated information on the testing programs, including departure testing:

Arrival Testing

The Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada/PHAC recently announced a science-based, arrival testing program at YYC, the first of its kind at any Canadian airport.

Eligible arriving international passengers will be able to voluntarily get a free COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada at YYC Calgary International Airport. This will allow them to quarantine for less time provided they test negative for COVID-19 and if they commit to following specific public health and testing measures. This testing program will begin on Nov. 2, more information will be released soon.

You must be arriving on a flight from outside Canada to be eligible for the testing. Guests arriving domestically are not eligible.

Visit the Government of Alberta’s website for more information on the program.

Departure Testing

Alberta-based DynaLIFE is offering approved departure COVID-19 testing for guests embarking on essential or emergency international travel.

Travellers will have to pay a fee for this test and are responsible for determining the testing requirements for their destination country and ensuring the test will meet that country/jurisdiction’s requirement.

Visit DynaLIFE’s website to book and get more information about departure testing. For questions about test results, please contact DynaLIFE directly.  

For more information, read the Government of Alberta’s announcement and our media release.

We created a COVID-19 testing page on that gives information on both the arrival and departure testing it's a comprehensive resource you can refer people to when they're asking you about the program.

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