Calgary airport offering coronavirus testing to international travellers

Oct 23 2020, 9:05 am

International travellers flying into YYC may be able to safely skip the 14-day quarantine period.

The Province of Alberta announced that a joint pilot program between the federal and provincial governments will be offering on-site COVID-19 testing for returning international travellers at both the Calgary International Airport and at the Coutts land border crossing.

Those who are tested will still have to quarantine, though will be able to stop once a negative test is confirmed — which usually takes between two and six days to receive.

However, even with a negative test, those who have travelled outside of the country will still need to get a second coronavirus test six or seven days after arrival at a participating pharmacy, the Province of Alberta release states.

Those who tested negative will also be closely monitored for symptoms, and will be required to wear masks in public as well as avoid high-risk groups.

The pilot program starts on November 2.

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