COVID-19 Travel Information

COVID-19 Travel Information (Updated June 14, 2022)

Enhanced protocols in place at YQR to help protect travellers from COVID-19.

The Regina Airport Authority is implementing a number of measures to enhance public and employee safety:

  • Increased cleaning staff and procedures, including high-touch areas like check-in kiosks, counters, escalators, handrails, and elevators.
  • Increased the number of hand sanitizer stations to more than 40 while also ensuring ample soap and water is available in all washrooms.
  • Regularly updating the public on the latest measures via our website, media outlets, and social media channels.
  • Posting signage throughout the terminal and washrooms with information on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Supporting additional measures introduced by the federal or provincial governments.

Public Health and Travel Information

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, including information for both international and domestic travellers, please see the latest information from both the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the country you are flying to:

Public Health Authority of Canada’s Travel Information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid

Travelling Domestically within Canada

Mandatory Vaccination:  As of JUNE 20, 2022, the Government of Canada no longer requires travellers to provide proof of vaccination to fly within Canada, or to depart Canada – as long as the country of destination doesn’t require proof of vaccination for entry  . Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.

Proof of Vaccination: For international travel, proof of vaccination is often required. The latest version of your MySaskHealthRecord with the QR code and Canada logo on it supports the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination standard. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website. This is considered the “Pan-Canadian” proof of vaccination and will be widely accepted across Canada.

There are no tests required for domestic travel unless you are flying on a medical or religious exemption.

Travelling to the United States

Mandatory Vaccination:  The United States requires all travellers 18 years of age and older who are not US Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents to be fully vaccinated prior to departing for the United States. As well, the Government of Canada requires all air travellers 12 years of age and older departing from Canadian airports to be fully vaccinated, regardless of destination.

As of JUNE 12 at midnight, Travellers are no longer required to have a pre-arrival test in order to enter the USA. Prior to June 12, Rapid Antigen and PCR tests, such as the ones available from Haztech in the airport, are accepted for entry into the United States. Tests must be done one day prior to your travel into the United States. Alternatively, if you have had a positive test during the past 90 days, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with your documented positive test results (not a self test) and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. Learn more on the CDC’s website.

As well, you must have ArriveCAN and check in with 72 hours of returning to Canada. There are currently no requirements to quarantine on your return to Canada.

ArriveCan ad for downloading application

Travelling Internationally

International Vaccination & Testing Requirements: Please note that every country has their own unique set of requirements for entry when it comes to proof of vaccination, testing requirements, and documentation. It is very important that you check with the country you are travelling to for their requirements as a part of your planning process. The best place to start, is on the government website of the country you are planning to travel to. Your airline should also have the information on what is required prior to departure. You can find more information on entry requirements from the International Air Transport Authority’s interactive map: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php

If you require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test in order to fly, you must show your documentation here in Regina prior to departure, even if you are connecting through another airport.

Returning to Canada

ArriveCAN App: You must use ArriveCAN, which is free, to enter your proof of vaccination, testing, quarantine, and travel information up to 72 hours before your travel in Canada. You can access ArriveCAN online or download the apps for iOS or Android here.

Effective April 1st, 2022, fully-vaccinated travellers will not have to provide a pre-entry test to enter or return to Canada. As of April 25th, unvaccinated children 5 years of age or older no longer need to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, guardian, or tutor.

Alternatively, if a child has tested positive on a molecular test 11-180 days ago and are now symptom free, you may present a positive molecular test result instead of a pre-departure test.

 

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Other Travel Information

Airline Information

For the latest information for specific flight information or airline protocols, please see updates from your airline:

Air Canada: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/travel-news-and-updates/2020/covid-19.html

Flair Airlines: https://flyflair.com/travel-info/customer-service/covid-19-updates

WestJet: https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/coronavirus

Sunwing: https://www.sunwing.ca/en/travel-requirements

Masks are required to travel

Transport Canada requires air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during pre-board screening, boarding, and while on an airplane. Exceptions are children under 2 years old, people who are unable to remove the mask without assistance, or people who provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason.

Canada Border Services Agency also requires masks to be worn when clearing customs.

Masks are welcome but not required in other public spaces of the terminal.

Where can I get a COVID test?

You can receive a a COVID test right at YQR for a fee through Haztech, including RT-PCR (Molecular) and Rapid Antigen tests.

Book a Test with Haztech

Other Testing Providers:

Nobel HSSE – www.nobelhsse.com/covid-19-testing 

Outpost Health –  www.outpost.health/covid-tests

Shoppers Drug Mart – https://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/health-and-pharmacy/covid-19/testing

SRx Health Solutions – www.srxhealth.ca/en/saskatchewan-covid-19-testing/

Thrive Wellness – www.thrive-wellness.ca

What can I bring through security?

You can see what you’re allowed to bring through security on the CATSA website, including some special allowances, with a handy searchable tool at: https://www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca/en

Also, if you have any additional questions, you can call CATSA directly at 1-888-294-2202.

How can I change my flight or request a refund?

You will need to contact your airline directly. We as an airport authority cannot help you with changes to flights or refunds. Please visit our Airlines page for contact information for your airline.

Restaurants & Retail

The full-service Tim Hortons, Skyway Grill, and Relay store are located after security, and are open for all departing flights. The RA News / Tim Hortons Express in the Arrivals Hall is open for most arriving flights. Rumour Handcraft is open their normal posted hours.

The Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge is also open.

Can I pickup passengers at YQR?

Yes, you can come pickup passengers here. Please use our short-term parking lot when planning to come into the terminal. The curbside parking is strictly for loading and unloading.

What ground transportation is available?

At this time, ground transportation options, including taxi, UBER, limo, and shuttle services, continue to operate as normal with increased cleaning and monitoring being done by each individual provider. For the latest information, please contact the ground transportation provider directly. A full list of ground transportation providers can be found HERE.

Can I have my biometrics taken at Regina International Airport?

The Canada Border Services Agency can only accept biometrics when landing on an international flight. They cannot accept appointments from the general public. However, Service Canada is making allowances for this due to their offices being closed due to COVID-19. More information is available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/biometrics.html

I have a question that wasn’t listed here – how can I ask it?

If your question is related to something specifically regarding your flight, including changes, cancellation, baggage, or other airline-related questions, please contact your airline directly.

If you are looking for more information related to COVID-19, please check with the Public Health Agency of Canada or the Government of Saskatchewan – they both have helpful dedicated pages covering a variety of topics.

If you are looking for updates on border closures or if you’re allowed to enter Canada, please contact the Canada Border Services Agency.

For information on what you’re allowed to bring on a plane, please use the Canadian Air Transportation Agency’s (CATSA) online tool.

For all other inquiries, please fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we are able.