Alberta Approved for COVID-19 Testing Pilot Program That Shortens Quarantine Period


The Alberta and Canadian governments will conduct a pilot program that could shorten the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for those eligible international travellers who receive a negative COVID-19 test.

Effective November 2nd, rapid COVID-19 testing will be offered to Alberta residents and eligible international travellers arriving on a non-stop international flight into the Calgary airport. For these travellers, the mandatory quarantine period may be reduced to as little as 2 days given that a negative test result is received. 

After taking the test upon arrival at the airport, travellers must stay within Alberta, enter quarantine until test results are delivered, commit to submitting a second test after 6-7 days, avoid large events and senior care facilities, and wear a mask in public. 
Eligible candidates include Canadian citizens returning from abroad, permanent residents or foreign nationals currently permitted entry into Canada and who have no symptoms.

All returning international travellers who opt to not participate in the pilot testing program, must adhere to the current mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

*This pilot project may be restricted or broadened at any point as the Governments of Canada and Alberta evaluate through the trial.