International travel during Alberta’s COVID-19 relaunch

Leader staff

Travel during the relaunch stages of COVID-19 will look different than it did in the past.

While Canada’s international borders remain closed to non-essential traffic, the Alberta government has released its plan to monitor travellers arriving in Calgary and Edmonton airports and at the border.

In a May 20 media release, the provincial government announced “the strongest public health measures in the country for international travellers to prevent the spread of travel-related COVID-19 cases.”

In phase one, international travellers arriving at the Calgary and Edmonton international airports will go through a provincial checkpoint.

Travellers’ temperatures will be taken, and they have to complete an Alberta isolation plan. This plan includes 14 days of isolation, which is required by law. The government will check on travellers three days in.

“As the peak of the virus passes and the world begins to move forward, travel will slowly increase,” says Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. “Controlling the spread of COVID-19, especially travel-related cases, is a key step in protecting Albertans and continuing to flatten the curve.”

The second phase involves provincial checkpoints at the Alberta-U.S. border. This will not disrupt essential economic travel.

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