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Alberta COVID Pilot Program Update

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Alberta COVID Pilot Program Update

As of January 25th, 2021, participants in the Alberta Expedited Quarantine Border Pilot Program must now remain in quarantine until receiving a negative result from their second test on day 7 or 8 (counting arrival day as day one). This means that travellers in the program must immediately return to quarantine if they haven't taken their second test and received negative results. On application, quarantine is still mandatory for approximately 7-8 days.

Participants in the program who receive a negative test result are still prohibited from returning to childcare, out-of-school care, schools, post-secondary institutions and workplaces outside of their home for 14 days. This means that even if you receive a second negative COVID-19 test on the 7th or 8th day, you may leave your quarantine location but cannot begin work or study.

For more details relating to the eligibility of participating in the Alberta expedited quarantine pilot program, learn more here.

Those travelling from the United Kingdom or South Africa are not eligible to participate in the border pilot program, which means they are subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Upon entry, travellers from these countries must travel to their quarantine location and stay in self-isolation for 14 days.

You may also wish to consult our previous post relating to this topic Expedited Quarantine In Calgary: New Traveller Pilot Program Launches Nov 2.

The pilot project may be changed, restricted or broadened at any point during the 26-week evaluation period.

Travellers who do not participate in the Alberta rapid test pilot must adhere to the national mandatory 14-day quarantine.

New Travel Requirements

Canada's border remains closes to all but essential travel through February 21, 2021. Canada health authorities have announced additional travel restrictions to limit travel into Canada based on

  • Effective January 7, 2021, before being able to board a flight, air travellers 5 years of age or older travellers entering Canada must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (either paper or electronic) to an airline. For more details on pre-departure COVID-19 testing, please see the link here.


Don't attempt to fly into Canada without making sure your paperwork is in order. COVID's impact on Canada immigration has affected individuals, families, big corporations and small business owners, and there can be confusion at the border or when trying to board a flight to Canada. An experienced immigration professional can help qualified travelers cross the border into Canada, and help prepare your immigration application.

For more information and solutions for immigration to Canada and crossing borders seamlessly to live and work in Canada or the United States, contact Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (587) 602-0217 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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