COVID-19 Test Requirements
Travellers bound for the U.S. on international flights must have a viral test; PCR and antigen tests both qualify.
If you are arriving via one or more connecting flights, the test must be taken within 3 days prior to the departure of your initial flight but only if the connecting flights were booked on the same reservation with a destination in the United States, and each connection is no longer than 24 hours.
Travellers to the US who have tested positive in the past will need to provide evidence of the positive test result along with a letter from a licensed health care provider stating that they have been cleared for travel.
Antigen Testing at Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton International Airport, in partnership with Alberta Health and Numi Health is offering voluntary COVID-19
Rapid Antigen screening for both departing and arriving passengers. Health Canada and FDA-approved antigen tests are accepted by border control for entry into the United States.
How it Works:
Rapid antigen COVID-19 screening takes approximately 5 minutes and results are delivered within 30 minutes. Travellers must reserve their test appointment online prior to arriving at the airport, and are encouraged to schedule their test appointment at least 90 minutes prior to the flight’s boarding time. Travellers are asked to wait in a designated area until their results are printed out. If a traveller receives a positive COVID-19 test, they must return home and contact Alberta Health Services to determine if a COVID-19 PCR test is required.
How to Book:
Screening tests are done by appointment only and can be booked online at https://store.numihealth.com/covid.html and Swoop travellers can use the promo code SWOOP2021 for a discounted price of $75 CAD (normally $99 CAD).
You will need the following information for each passenger on your itinerary who will be tested:
If you have booked the service and have questions please contact [email protected] or for general questions contact Numi Health at [email protected] or call 1-844-GET-NUMI. Learn more about Numi Health at www.numihealth.com.
Numi’s COVID-19 Antigen test is approved by Health Canada and the
FDA. It tests for the presence of the virus indicating whether you might have
been recently exposed to COVID-19, and could be infectious to others. The test
involves a nasal swab and the results are available in as little as 15 minutes.
Negative results do not preclude COVID-19 infection. Optimum specimen types and
timing for peak viral levels during infections caused by COVID-19 have not been
determined. Viruses present below the limit of detection may lead to false
negative results. Regardless of the test result you need to follow public health
guidelines. If you test positive, you must be retested using a lab-based PCR
test prior to travel. This is a government health regulation.
Transiting Through the U.S. to Come to Canada
American and Canadian authorities’ testing requirements differ. If you are transiting through the U.S. to come to Canada, American authorities will accept both antigen and molecular tests. However, Canada does not accept antigen tests. For all requirements to enter Canada, please visit this page.
Each state has different quarantine requirements. Check the CDC’s travel planning tool here.
Even with a negative COVID-19 test, you may be subject to further measures imposed by local governments at your destination to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are various measures in place to restrict non-essential travel, including new entry forms or self-quarantine requirements on arrival.
In addition, all travellers must complete an attestation form before boarding their flight to the U.S. confirming compliance with the requirements. You may be unable to board your flight if you do not have the required COVID-19 test or document of recovery AND the completed attestation form.
FAQ Requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 Test – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State & Territorial Health Departments – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Foreign diplomatic offices in Canada – Global Affairs Canada