The Edmonton International Airport says it welcomes the federal government’s decision to lift travel border restrictions at five Canadian airports in early August.
On Monday, the federal government announced airports in Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Quebec City and Halifax can begin to receive international flights as of Aug. 9. Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will also be able to enter Canada beginning Aug. 9, with quarantine requirements for visitors with two doses of vaccine also eliminated.
“Safety remains our top priority and we have been working closely with Transport Canada to ensure travel returns with all safety protocols in place to protect Canadians and all travellers,” said Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO in a news release Monday.
“Edmonton is ready – we have the testing and safety protocols in place at the airport to safely support arriving and departing travellers.”
However, the release notes the airport is working with its partner agencies and airlines, but it will take time for international air service to return to EIA. To help travellers prepare for upcoming travel, the airport has launched “EIA Travel School 101.”
Some tips include that permanent residents and citizens of Canada and U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated will need to download the ArriveCan app before they return to Canada. They can upload their proof of vaccination to the app and show proof of a negative PCR test.
Fully vaccinated travellers will not need to quarantine, while children under 12 also do not need to quarantine but must be travelling with a fully vaccinated guardian, show a negative PCR test, and avoid large gatherings, school and daycare.
Masks continue to be federally required at Canadian airports through airline check-in, security screening, boarding aircraft, and during the flight.
Travellers should also check airline and country requirements for COVID-19 testing and restrictions for international destinations.
Up-to-date flight options can be found at flyeia.com/currentflights.