Travel updates

Travel protocols, restrictions and exemptions continue to evolve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note, the details below are subject to change.

Important resources

For the latest information, we recommend you continue to review travel protocols available at the government resources outlined below to help you stay in-the-know leading up to your departure:

If you are travelling to Manitoba from a domestic destination and have only travelled within Canada, please visit the Government of Manitoba’s website to learn more about provincial travel orders.

If you are planning to leave the country, travel internationally or are looking to enter Canada, please review the Government of Canada’s website for federal travel requirements and protocols under the Quarantine Act.

If you are planning to travel to the United States, please visit the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for more information.

Travel restrictions and advisories

The Province of Manitoba is using its colour-coded Pandemic Response System to provide detailed public health advice and implement protocols and restrictions. More information on current travel advisories and public health orders can be found on the Province of Manitoba’s website.

Travel to and from northern Manitoba as well as remote communities is restricted. Some exemptions are in effect for select circumstances. Full details can be found in the Province of Manitoba's latest Public Health Orders. Check with your airline to ensure you are aware of any restrictions before you travel. Anyone who needs to travel to the region must respect restrictions put in place by local communities and First Nations.

Please be aware, at this time, the Government of Canada advises to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada due to the risk of the Omicron variant. For international travel, it is critical to be aware of the additional measures and restrictions in place at the Canadian border. Please visit the Government of Canada’s website for details on the current requirements to enter the country and to review advisories based on your destination.

Self-isolation & quarantine protocols

 

Domestic Travel

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers arriving in Manitoba are exempt from needing to self-isolate provided at least 14 days have passed since their final COVID-19 vaccination. 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 must self-isolate for 14 days under public health orders. Please review self-isolation exemptions on the Government of Manitoba’s website.

If you are planning to travel domestically, it's important to know the restrictions in place for the destination you are arriving at and returning to, which vary based on the region of the country. For a full list of protocols travellers need to follow for all provinces and territories, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

International Travel

All international travellers arriving in Manitoba must follow the federal requirements outlined under the Quarantine Act.

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from a country other than the U.S. who are selected to undergo an arrival test will be required to quarantine while waiting for their result.

Unvaccinated travellers permitted to enter the country must take a test upon arrival and will also receive a testing kit to use during their mandatory 14-day quarantine. For more information on testing and quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travellers, please visit the Government of Canada’s website

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.

Requirements and documentation

Face coverings or non-medical masks are required to be worn at all times inside the airport to properly cover one's nose and mouth. All travellers are required to wear a face covering or non-medical mask while flying as mandated by Transport Canada. Those who are not wearing a face covering or non-medical mask will not be allowed to move through the airport or board their flight.

Travellers 12 years of age plus four months or older are required to be able to provide specific proof of vaccination when departing Canadian airports as mandated by the Government of Canada. Airlines are verifying proof of vaccination for travellers. For information on how to obtain your pan-Canadian proof of vaccination credential for travel, please visit the Government of Manitoba’s website. If you are not from Manitoba, please visit the Government of Canada’s website to obtain your proof of vaccination from your province or territory. 

Airlines are carrying out enhanced safety screenings and health checks to ensure all travellers are deemed safe to fly. Increased screening measures are in place at all security checkpoints to identify traveller journeys, review self-isolation protocols and ask additional health questions.

Please reach out to your airline before you travel to ensure you meet the requirements and have all of the necessary documentation for your travel itinerary. More details can be found under the COVID-19 testing and vaccines section below.

All international travellers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to submit their information on the Government of Canada’s website or ArriveCAN app within 72 hours before their arrival to Canada.

COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

Flying to YWG

Fully vaccinated domestic travellers are exempt from needing to self-isolate and do not need to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival. To learn more about exemptions and testing advice for domestic travellers who are not exempt from self-isolation protocols, please visit the Government of Manitoba’s website.

All international travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to Canada and follow the federal requirements outlined under the Quarantine Act.

Fully vaccinated international travellers may be required to undergo testing before leaving the airport. Those selected to undergo an arrival test will be required to quarantine while waiting for their result if they’re arriving from a country other than the U.S.

Unvaccinated travellers permitted to enter the country must take a test upon arrival and will also receive a testing kit to use during their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

It’s advised you pre-register for international arrival testing with Dynacare, the test provider at YWG, by visiting Dynacare.ca.

For Outbound Travel

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. You can also visit the travel advice and advisories section on the Government of Canada’s website.  

If you require 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 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 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.
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