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COVID-19 Updates. Travel requirements and more.

Travel Advisories. New information as it arrives.

COVID-19 Information Centre

We are here to keep you safe and comfortable, at every step of your journey

There's a lot to be aware of when travelling right now and we understand it can feel overwhelming. COVID-19 has changed many things, but it hasn't changed our number one priority; safety. We follow guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada to maintain a clean and safe environment for all. If you have a flight coming up soon, here's everything you need to know about travelling with Swoop. We're here to guide you with a helping hand to get you on your way.

This information center is a guide to help you navigate travel requirements during COVID-19. However, it does not replace the information provided by government and other authorities. While Swoop updates this information regularly, please ensure that you meet all the requirements for your destination before departure.

Health and safety

Mandatory masks

Swoop requires all travellers to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while onboard the aircraft, for the entirety of the flight. Travellers must put on a mask when directed by any CATSA official, Swoop employee, CBSA officer or Canadian public health official.

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Proof of vaccination

As of November 30, 2021, travellers departing from any Canadian airport will be required to upload or scan their proof of vaccination QR Code during check in. 

How to get your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination

About the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination

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Sanitation

Our aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art HEPA filters, which are similar to those used in hospitals. These filters achieve a viral and bacterial removal efficiency of greater than 99.99 per cent. Fogging uses a safe, hydrogen peroxide-based disinfecting solution to quickly and effectively sanitize all the nooks & crannies. 

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Impacted flights

It is our goal to be open and transparent with regularly updated information on COVID-19 cases in our flight network.

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Updates and overview

Adjustments for entering Canada as of January 15 2022

January 15, 2022 Update

Valid pre-departure COVID test

Effective January 15th, any person who is travelling using a valid positive test result will be considered valid if it was taken between 10-180 days before travel vs. 14-180 days before travel.

Adjustments for persons entering Canada As of January 15th, certain groups of travellers who are currently exempt from entry requirements, will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated. This includes:

  • Individuals travelling to reunite with family (unless they are under 18 years of age and travelling to reunite with an immediate or extended family member)

  • International students (18 and over). Unvaccinated students under the age of 18 must attend a designated institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory and have a letter attesting to this.

  • Professional athletes and their support staff, and amateur athletes Individuals with a valid work permit, including temporary foreign workers, outside of agricultural and food processing

  • Foreign flight crews

As of January 15th, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will only be allowed to enter Canada if they meet one of the limited exceptions, including: Agricultural and food processing workers;

  • Foreign marine crew members;

  • Those entering on compassionate grounds;

  • New permanent residents;

  • Newly resettled refugees;

  • Children under the age of 18 who are currently exempt from the travel restrictions;

  • Those travelling on a National Interest Exemption

Changes to ArriveCAN

As of January 15th, ArriveCAN will be updated to reflect these categories of persons. Only those who are exempt from the vaccination requirement will get an exempt ArriveCAN receipt. All other persons will now be required to upload proof of vaccination in order to get an ArriveCAN receipt.

Proof of Vaccination Requirements for Canadian Travel

In compliance with Transport Canada regulations, all guests over 12 years and four months of age who are travelling out of a Canadian airport are required to provide proof of vaccination. Travellers must have received their second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day of departure. Learn more here.

1. Download your Smart Health Card QR Code

2. Ensure the name on the QR Code matches the name(s) on the booking

3. Save your QR Code as an image (.jpg or .png)

4. Scan your QR Code using the camera on your computer or device OR upload an image of your QR Code

Note: If your QR Code is from a country we do not currently accept, please present it to an agent at the airport to have it validated.

How to get your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination 

About the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination 

Travellers seeking medical or religious exemptions for vaccination requirements for Canadian travel can find information on the exemption process here.

Proof of vaccination required to enter the US

Effective December 6, 2021

Travellers departing to the United States will have to meet U.S. Government requirements in addition to the requirements of the Canadian Government. All travellers boarding a flight to the United States will have to show both of the following:

  • Travellers 12 years and four months or older - proof of full vaccination  

  • Travellers 2 and older - proof of an approved negative molecular or Antigen test taken one calendar day prior to the flight

For more information please refer to U.S. CDC International Travel 

COVID-19 Testing Needed to enter Canada

COVID-19 Testing

Transport Canada requires all air travellers entering Canada from international destinations, five years of age and over, to present a negative or residual positive COVID-19 molecular test result before boarding. Antigen tests are not accepted.

To comply with this regulation, travellers will be required to present a negative or residual positive COVID-19 molecular test at check-in and Canada Customs, taken within 72 hours from their scheduled departure time. Proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test is required for trips of all duration and must be taken in a country other than Canada.

It is each traveller’s responsibility to source and pay for their own valid COVID-19 molecular test. For the Government of Canada's news release and other details please visit here.

Masks are mandatory when travelling on Swoop

Swoop requires all travellers to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while onboard the aircraft, for the entirety of the flight. Travellers must put on a mask when directed by any CATSA official, Swoop employee, CBSA officer or Canadian public health official. Learn more.

An update on refunds

Swoop is providing refunds to the original form of payment for eligible travellers with flights that were cancelled by Swoop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have contacted all eligible travellers with the option to request a refund to the original form of payment. We appreciate your patience as we work through the process to provide refunds. Please visit this page for more updates.

Covid tests and quarantine requirements

CANADA

PCR, LAMP, Molecular

Within 3 days and taken outside of Canada

Ages 5+

No. Follow final destination rules

ArriveCAN app

14 days*see exemption

December 21, 2021

Residual COVID-19 test acceptable

UNITED STATES

PCR or antigen

Within 1 calendar day

Ages 2+

Yes, any connecting flights needs prior test

Attestation form

Varies by state

December 4, 2021

Residual COVID-19 test acceptable

MEXICO

None required

None required

None required

None required

Health declaration form

None required

December 4, 2021

JAMAICA

PCR or antigen

Within 3 days

Not required for Canadians

Varies by country

Travel authorization prior to departure

Must stay within resilient corridor

December 4, 2021

Flight changes and credits

From purchasing ModiFly when booking, to accessing a previous credit, you have some options when it comes to flight changes.

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Pre-flight COVID-19 tests available

WestJet and Swoop have partnered with AZOVA to provide COVID-19 testing services around the world that meet the requirements for your destination and to provide a pre-flight COVID test travel clearance program. 

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Covid-19 test locations

To assist our travellers, we've compiled resources to aid in searching for labs that perform COVID-19 tests. Please note that Swoop is sharing this list for informational purposes only. The details on this list may change at any time and travellers are encouraged to check back regularly.

Locations by destination

Locations by hotel

Frequently asked questions

Have a specific question? Check out our FAQ section for more information.