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Updated: January 2021

Travelling through the airport during a Pandemic? The initial feeling is apprehension until you enter the airport which is sparse of passengers, security lines almost non existent and you can smell the sanitizer in the air! Just prior to going through security passengers are required to go through a temperature scan and then proceed through security.  When in terminal, most of the concessions are closed, but there are enough to get your essential take on board water, and grab and go snacks. Masks are mandatory and everyone was complying with that.

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Departing from Canada


Boarding the flight was very civilized, passengers lined up respecting the physical distancing rules and obligatory mask rules.  On board, the flight attendant handed out kits containing a mask, sanitizer, water and alcohol wipes which was a nice touch.
Flight passenger loads were very light so it was not a feeling of overwhelming people, you feel very safe.

Connecting to the US was smooth, although the customs area did get busy in the regular area; however Nexus passengers moved quickly. Good to note so you can allow extra time if this applies to you.



Returning to Canada

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada – starting January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular PCR test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada.  In addition, a 14 Day Quarantine or Isolation is still required.  For complete details on the Government of Canada site, see:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Passengers are required to go to ArriveCan, an app for mobile devices to fill in their passport details, health survey regarding COVID symptoms and details as to where you plan to self isolate for 14 days.  Families travelling together can all go on the same report.

After that, isolating at home for 14 days! – Passengers are required to fill in a quick online survey daily to confirm you are following the rules for isolation for any passenger coming back to Canada, and within Atlantic they are required to fill in a provincial survey in a similar manner.  The day you enter Canada is considered your first day of isolation.

AriveCan App:



What to expect at the border? Click here for the Canada Border Services updates.
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