COVID-19 Travel Information (Updated September 16, 2021)
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.
- Notifying all incoming international passengers of the requirement to quarantine.
- 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 Authority of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan:
Public Health Authority of Canada’s Travel Information: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid
Government of Saskatchewan Travel Information: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/travel-information
Commonly Asked Questions during COVID-19
What can I expect to be different at the airport?
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.
As well, the Province of Saskatchewan has mandated the use of masks in indoor public spaces starting September 17th.
Restaurants & Retail: The full-service Tim Hortons, Skyway Grill, and Relay store located after security will be 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 closed.
For the latest information for specific flight information or airline protocols, please see updates from your airline:
Do I need a COVID test to fly?
If you are travelling within Canada, you do not require a COVID test. The federal government has indicated that they are planning to make this a requirement in the future, but that is not yet a requirement. Also, some provinces do not allow discretionary travel and/or require you to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry. Please check with the province you are travelling to for their latest requirements.
If you are travelling to Canada from another country, all travellers 5 years of age and older will require a negative molecular COVID test 72 prior to your departure, regardless of if you are vaccinated or not. As well, travellers who are not fully-vaccinated will need to take another COVID test upon landing. Travellers who are fully vaccinated may be selected for random mandatory testing upon arrival. For more information, see https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada.
If you are travelling internationally, many countries require a negative COVID-19 test for entrance. It’s always best to get the latest information for testing requirements – including the time requirement and type of test (molecular or antigen) – directly from the country you are travelling to. You can also get more information from the International Air Transport Authority’s interactive map on entry requirements: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php
Where can I get a COVID test?
On-Site Private Testing:
At any time you can call 811 or visit Saskatchewan.ca for information on receiving a COVID test through public health.
You can also receive a a COVID test right at YQR for a fee through Haztech, including RT-PCR (Molecular) and Rapid Antigen tests. Learn more and book a test here: https://haztech.com/covid19-screening/
Other Testing Providers:
Nobel HSSE – https://www.nobelhsse.com/covid-19-testing
SRx Health Solutions – Walk-in welcome at 2022 Halifax St, Regina or call 306-545-5556 to book an appointment.
What flights does YQR have available to/from other destinations?
For the summer of 2021, Regina International Airport (YQR) has direct flights to Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal via Air Canada, Flair Air, and WestJet. From those airports, you are able to connect to many other domestic and international destinations. Learn more on our Where We Fly page.
We will keep you updated on our social media channels, website, and with local media as more destinations are added.
Do I need to quarantine/self-isolate when I arrive?
In Saskatchewan, travellers coming or returning from another Canadian province, who have not been outside the country for the last 14 days, are not required to quarantine.
If you are travelling to another province or country, please check with that province or country on their rules for quarantine. There are some provinces in Canada that do require domestic travellers to quarantine upon arrival.
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 by calling CATSA at 1-888-294-2202.
How can I change my flight or request a refund?
You 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.
Are restaurants/retail open?
Restaurants: The full-service Tim Hortons located post-security is open for all departing flights and the Skyway Grill is also open for most lunch flights. There are also a variety of vending machines located throughout the terminal. For arriving flights, the RA News / Tim Hortons Express is open for most arriving flights.
Retail: The Relay store post-security will be open post-security for most flights. As well, there is a Best Buy Express vending machine with a variety of electronics and accessories. Rumour Handcraft is open their normal listed hours in the Arrivals area.
Hours may vary depending on flight schedules.
Can I pickup passengers at YQR?
Yes, you can come pickup passengers here.
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.