Frequently asked questions

 

To help you stay in the know, we’ve provided additional insight into several commonly asked questions. Please note, rules and restrictions may change. We recommend you continue to review protocols to stay up to date as your trip approaches, including up to 72 hours before your flight.

Are masks required to be worn inside the airport?

Yes. At this time, masks are still required to be worn inside the airport by travellers, visitors and employees to further provide a healthy and safe environment. This mask requirement at the airport is in alignment with public health orders in Manitoba, and additionally supports federal requirements to wear a mask while travelling. Masks must be worn upon entering the terminal to fully cover one’s nose and mouth and may be momentarily removed while:

  • immediately eating or drinking
  • when asked by an airline/airport representative to lower one’s mask for identification purposes.

For additional information about wearing a mask while travelling, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Two people use a self-serve kiosk on the Departures Level of the airport to check in for their flight.

 

What requirements are in place for flying within Canada?

The requirements for travelling within Canada depend on your destination and the protocols in place for those regions. Please visit the Government of Canada’s website to know the rules and restrictions in place for all provinces and territories. It’s important to review the requirements for both ends of your trip, where you are going and returning to, in order to ensure you are aware of your responsibilities.

Requirements in place for all travellers flying within Canada include:

Do I need to self-isolate upon arriving in Manitoba?

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers arriving in Manitoba are exempt from needing to self-isolate under provincial public health orders, provided it has been at least two weeks since they received their second dose of a  COVID-19 vaccine at their time of arrival. Children under 12 are not required to self-isolate if everyone they are travelling with is fully vaccinated. Please review the self-isolation exemptions under the Government of Manitoba. All domestic travellers entering Manitoba who are not exempt are required to self-isolate for 14 days as per provincial public health orders.

Fully vaccinated international travellers may be exempt from federal quarantine requirements as outlined by the Government of Canada. Children under 12 can travel to Canada if everyone they are flying with are vaccinated and eligible for entry. All international travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to submit their information digitally on the Government of Canada’s website or ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before entering the country. They must also follow any additional public health measures implemented by the Province of Manitoba or local government.

Do I need to show proof of being fully vaccinated upon arriving in Manitoba?

For domestic travellers, the Province of Manitoba determines domestic travel restrictions and is responsible for enforcing travel regulations. Information outlining travel requirements is displayed throughout the terminal, however, the vaccination status of arriving domestic passengers is not being checked by government officials at this time as it is the responsibility of all travellers to ensure they meet all entry requirements and follow provincial public health orders. For more information on travel protocols and self-isolation exemptions, please visit the Government of Manitoba’s website or call the Manitoba Government general inquiries line for non-health-related questions. This exemption is specific for domestic travel.

International travellers who meet the requirements for entering the country are required to upload their proof of vaccination in the ArriveCAN app. For additional information, including the accepted types of vaccines to enter the country, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Can I fly to the U.S. directly from YWG?

On August 9, flights from the U.S. were once again allowed to land at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport as part of the next phase of the federal government’s border reopening plan, after being temporarily restricted since February 2021. On September 13, direct U.S. commercial passenger service is relaunching at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport as Delta returns to offer direct service to Minneapolis. Please be aware of the requirements in place to enter your destination, as well as to return to Canada. We encourage travellers to reach out to their airline to ensure they have the proper documentation and meet the requirements for their itinerary.

Are more routes going to be available out of YWG in the near future?

Our team is continuing to work closely with airline partners to help grow travel options available out of YWG and to further rebuild our community’s direct connectivity impacted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While many routes have returned and the frequency of flights have increased throughout the summer of 2021, we are continuing to explore options to meet travel demand and keep our community connected. Any new updates related to air service and added routes will be shared on our website and social media channels as they become available to keep the community informed.

Can I travel internationally and what is required?

At this time, the Government of Canada is advising against non-essential travel outside of the country. All international travellers arriving in Manitoba, either directly from the U.S. or via a connecting domestic flight, must follow the federal requirements outlined under the Quarantine Act. Anyone travelling internationally needs to be aware of the restrictions currently in place at the Canadian border, along with their requirements to enter Canada or any other region, such as testing and vaccination documentation. For all of the latest information on international travel protocols, requirements and exemptions, please visit the Government of Canada’s website. We also encourage travellers to reach out to their airline directly to confirm they have the proper documentation and meet the requirements for their travel itinerary, as well as to review travel advisories and advice for where they plan to go.

Where can I find information related to approved COVID-19 testing facilities?

Domestic travellers arriving at YWG who are not exempt from self-isolation protocols are advised by the Government of Manitoba to get two COVID-19 tests - one on the day of arrival and another on the 10th day after arriving. For more information about different types of testing sites and locations, visit the Government of Manitoba’s website.

Unvaccinated international travellers are required to take a test upon arrival to Canada or will be given a home test kit. They will also receive a kit to use on day 8 of their mandatory quarantine. Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to follow these requirements unless randomly chosen. Please visit the Government of Canada’s website for further details.

For travellers looking to leave Canada and travel internationally, testing requirements and documentation will depend on the country you are travelling to and your specific destination. Please reach out to your airline to confirm you meet the requirements for your itinerary and to receive information related to testing options.

 

For more information and helpful resources, please visit our travel updates section.

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