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. Face coverings or non-medical masks are 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 face covering or non-medical mask while travelling. Face coverings or non-medical 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 face covering or non-medical 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:

What requirements are in place for travelling internationally?

All international travellers arriving in Manitoba, either directly 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.

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

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers arriving in Manitoba are exempt from needing to self-isolate. Children under 12 are not required to self-isolate if everyone they are travelling with is fully vaccinated.  All domestic travellers entering Manitoba who are not exempt are required to self-isolate for 14 days under public health orders. Please review the self-isolation exemptions under the Government of Manitoba. 

Fully vaccinated international travellers are exempt from needing to quarantine 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. Unvaccinated international travellers who are eligible to enter Canada are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or until they depart the country. For more information on quarantine exemptions and protocols, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

All international travellers are required to submit their information digitally via ArriveCAN 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 at YWG?

Domestic and international travellers aged 12 and older departing Canadian airports are required to be able to provide specific proof of vaccination for travel, as mandated by the Government of Canada. Airlines and the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority are carrying out randomized checks to ensure travellers can provide the required documentation. For more information, check out the following story in our newsroom for helpful details and resources.

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.

What type of COVID-19 test do I need to fly to the U.S.?

Details on what the U.S. requires in terms of a COVID-19 test for international travellers, including how many days before their flight they should be tested, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. We also recommend travellers contact their airline before their departure date to ensure they meet all the requirements and have the proper documentation for their trip.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival?

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers do not need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Unvaccinated domestic travellers are required to self-isolate and are advised by the Government of Manitoba to get two COVID-19 tests – one on the day of arrival and another of the 10th day after arrival. For more information on testing sites and locations, visit the Government of Manitoba’s website.

Fully vaccinated international travellers do not have to take a test upon arrival to Canada unless they are randomly selected for mandatory testing. 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 period. For more information about testing upon entering the country, please visit the Government of Canada’s website.

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

If you are looking to obtain a COVID-19 test, you can explore the following options:  

  • There is a COVID-19 testing facility located on-site at the airport operated by CardiAI. The facility can be found on the far east end of the Departures Level past all the airline check-in counters. For more information about available COVID-19 tests, booking an appointment and rates, please visit CardiAI’s website. To contact CardiAI, you can call their customer service line at 1 (800) 403-8122 or email ywgtravel@cardiai.com.
  • The Government of Manitoba website also provides more information on where to access additional testing sites for outbound travel, and further outlines provincial testing site locations for those returning to Manitoba who are not exempt from self-isolation.

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 the requirements for your itinerary.

Where can I fly direct out of YWG?

To see where you can currently fly to direct out of YWG, please check out our Destinations Map, highlighting which airlines offer service to each location. A friendly reminder to check back often as this map is frequently being updated to highlight new routes.

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 rebuild our community’s direct connectivity, interrupted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While many routes have returned and the frequency of flights has increased throughout the summer and fall of 2021, we are continuing to explore options to meet travel demand and keep our community connected. Any new updates related to added routes will be shared on our website and social media channels as they become available.

 

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

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