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
Numi Health is offering COVID-19 antigen testing on the day of travel at Edmonton International Airport. This new service will allow travellers to the U.S. to receive an antigen test just prior to departure, and provides a convenient and less expensive alternative to PCR COVID-19 testing. Health Canada and FDA-approved antigen tests are accepted by border control for entry into the United States.
Numi Health airport antigen tests cost $110 (+GST) per person. The test involves a nasal swab performed by a Numi Health professional. It is quick and painless. The entire process, from swab to result, takes less than 30 minutes. The testing process begins five hours before your scheduled flight, and each traveller will receive a printed and electronic travel certificate, provided they have arrived and have tested negative at least one hour before departure.
How to Book:
If you wish to utilize this service, you must email Numi Health at [email protected] at least 24 hours before your flight and include in your message the following information for each passenger on your itinerary who will be tested:
You will receive detailed instructions on how the testing process will work on the day of departure. Please note, the email address [email protected] is only for travellers booking the service. If you have general questions about the service you may contact Numi Health at [email protected] or call 1-844-GET-NUMI. You can learn more about Numi Health at www.numihealth.com.
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