Information on Travel Requirements
by Alberta Professional Outfitters Society
Please contact your outfitter with any questions you may have.
Valid as of July 30, 2021
Border measures for fully vaccinated American travellers will ease on August 9, 2021. Similar easements should be made for fully vaccinated international travellers on September 7, 2021.
APOS has compiled this information to assist you in navigating the new requirements for welcoming your clients into Canada.
Coming to Canada
To be considered fully vaccinated, the traveller needs to be fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine for at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Fully vaccinated travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival in Canada. They will require a pre-entry molecular test regardless of whether they are driving or flying into Canada, but they will not need a post-arrival test (unless they have been randomly selected to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test).
Additionally, all fully vaccinated travellers must:
- Be asymptomatic upon arrival;
- Use ArriveCAN (app or web portal) to submit their travel information 72 hours before their arrival;
- Provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.
Clients must have proof of a negative molecular test from 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure time. The accepted types of molecular tests for entering Canada are available HERE. Rapid antigen tests are not sufficient for getting into Canada. For your hunters who are taking multiple connecting flights to get to Canada, they should consider the following information about the 72-hour molecular testing window in relation to their scheduled flights.
All travellers entering Canada by air or land must use ArriveCAN. Travellers will need to submit their information within 72 hours before their arrival to Canada. Clients can obtain the ArriveCAN app or sign in on a web browser HERE. Upon completion of the ArriveCAN submission, a receipt will be emailed to the traveller, which will need to be shown to the Canada Border Services Agency Officer (CBSA) before entering into Canada. Outfitters may wish to have their clients compile all necessary information in advance of the 72-hour window to help ease the process. Here is a CHECKLIST to help your vaccinated clients prepare to use ArriveCAN.
At this time, there have been no changes to the current mandatory 14-day quarantine and testing requirements for unvaccinated travellers, except that the requirement for a 3-night stay at a government-authorized hotel stay will be eliminated on August 9.
Heading Back to the United States
Fully vaccinated US citizens returning to the US by air are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel (or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the US). A rapid antigen test is acceptable for return to the United States. The rapid testing requirement for returning to the US does not apply to entering the US by land.
Your client's airline may have resources available to assist with the testing requirement. Most drugstores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, will administer rapid antigen tests in their pharmacies. Appointments are required in advance and results are available within 30 minutes. American clients are also able to obtain this type of testing, upon appointment, at the Edmonton or Calgary International Airports. APOS is currently exploring other options to assist members with the requirements for clients heading back to the US.
Frequently asked questions on the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) requirements for entry into the US can be viewed HERE. Upon returning home, Americans must complete another viral test 3-5 days after travel; if the test is positive, they must isolate.
These are uncharted waters for everyone, so we appreciate your respect, patience, and understanding as APOS works to help support the industry through these new requirements.
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