COVID-19 Travel Information

COVID-19 Travel Information (Updated December 3rd, 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.
  • Masks must be worn within the terminal building at all times as per provincial government regulations.

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

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

Saskatchewan Public Health Measure Information: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19-measures. 

New Measures by the Government of Canada in response to Omicron

NEW – NOVEMBER 30th: Travellers who have been in the following countries in the past 14 days have different rules, testing and/or quarantine requirements: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe. If you have been in those countries in the past 14 days, please read the Government of Canada’s news release for more information.

There are also a number of changes the Government of Canada has indicated will be coming in the near future for international arrivals, but we don’t have the full details. If you are planning a trip to a sun destination, the impacts should be fairly small. Learn more in our latest update:

Travelling Domestically within Canada

Mandatory Vaccination: The Government of Canada requires all air travellers 12 years of age and older departing from Canadian airports to be fully vaccinated. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.

Proof of Vaccination: 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.

Travelling to the United States

Mandatory Vaccination:  Effective November 8th, 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.

COVID-19 Testing to go to the United States: All travellers going to the United States must provide a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status. Rapid Antigen and PCR tests, such as the ones available from Haztech in the airport, are accepted for entry into the United States. Starting December 6th, travellers who are fully vaccinated must have their test done within 1 day before their departure into the United States (not your departure time at YQR). Learn more on the CDC’s website.

*Proof of vaccination and negative test results must be shown prior to boarding here in Regina.

Returning to Canada: Please see the Returning to Canada section below for a list of requirements related to mandatory vaccination, testing requirements, isolation or quarantine, and using ArriveCAN for re-entry. Please note, Rapid Antigen tests are NOT accepted for return to Canada at this time and you MUST have ArriveCAN in order to return.

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.

Mandatory Vaccination for Departure: 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. From October 30th to November 30th, travellers who are not fully vaccinated can provide a negative molecular test instead of proof of vaccination. Starting November 30th, only proof of vaccination will be accepted – negative tests will not be accepted. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.

Returning to Canada

NEW – DECEMBER 1, 2021: Travellers who have been in the following countries in the past 14 days have different testing and/or quarantine requirements: Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe. If you have been in those countries in the past 14 days, please read the Government of Canada’s news release for more information.

Fully vaccinated individuals who depart and re-enter within 72 hours of leaving Canada do not have to present a pre-entry molecular test. This exemption extends to accompanying children under 12, and individuals with medical contraindications to vaccination. Learn more in the Government of Canada’s news release.

All travellers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller regardless of citizenship. Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. Find out if you can enter Canada.

COVID-19 Testing to Return to Canada: Regardless of vaccination status, all travellers 5 years of age or older returning to Canada on trips longer than 72 hours are required to have a molecular test, (not rapid antigen) 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure time into Canada. Additional testing may be required after arrival depending on age and/or vaccination status. Learn more on the Government of Canada’s website.

Mandatory Quarantine: Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from quarantine at this time. For those who do not qualify as fully vaccinated, there is mandatory quarantine or isolation. Learn more here. However, the Government of Canada has indicated that they may be introducing new measures that require international travellers to do an additional test on arrival and isolate until they receive a negative results. We are still waiting on details from the government.

ArriveCAN App: You must use ArriveCAN, which is free, to enter your proof of vaccination, 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.

Digital image reminding people to download ArriveCan

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.

As well, the Province of Saskatchewan has temporarily mandated the use of masks in indoor public spaces, including the airport.

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

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 scheduled to re-open November 4th.

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.