Alberta

Travellers from U.K. should get a COVID-19 test

News Release

Travellers from U.K. should get a COVID-19 test

All travellers who arrived from the United Kingdom within the past 14 days should immediately get tested for COVID-19.

Testing is strongly encouraged for all persons in Alberta who have been in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days, whether they have symptoms or not. Travellers will be contacted directly by Alberta Health Services to book a test. Also, travellers from the United Kingdom who are participating in the border pilot must immediately quarantine, whether they’ve had a negative test or not.

As of midnight Dec. 20, the federal government has stopped all flights to Canada from the United Kingdom for 72 hours.

“The nature of this pandemic requires us to be nimble and adapt to the evolving situation to ensure the health and safety of Albertans. Alberta Health Services will be reaching out to all recent travellers from the United Kingdom to book a test. Also, if you are currently participating in the border pilot, you must immediately quarantine.”Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“A variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the United Kingdom with mutations that may cause increased infectivity. No variants with all the same mutations have been identified in Canada to date. Changes in a virus are to be expected, and there is no current evidence that this variant causes more severe disease. Alberta’s current public health measures are effective against it, but we are acting out of an abundance of caution.”Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

All non-exempt travellers returning to or entering Alberta from outside Canada are legally required to follow provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival. Travellers must quarantine for 14 days, monitor for symptoms and get tested if any symptom develops.

Eligible international travellers returning to Alberta may be able to participate in a pilot program that is safely testing reduced quarantine periods. The pilot program allows a traveller to be tested twice and not quarantine. Participation in the border pilot program is voluntary for those who may be eligible.

Due to the new federal restrictions on incoming flights from the United Kingdom, if you have been in the United Kingdom and are currently participating in the border pilot, you must now quarantine until 14 days have passed from your arrival. If you are just arriving in Alberta and have been in the United Kingdom in the last 14 days, you must quarantine and cannot participate in the border pilot.

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