(Revised June 26, 2020)
Effective April 20, all travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while flying as mandated by Transport Canada. They must also cover their mouth and nose while going through security checkpoints, when proper physical distancing can't be maintained or when directed to do so by an airline or airport employee or public health official. Those who don't have a non-medical mask or face covering will not be allowed to board their flight.
All international travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering the country in accordance with the Quarantine Act. Based on Phase Three of the Province of Manitoba’s Restoring Safe Services Plan, implemented on June 21, 2020, Domestic travellers entering Manitoba from designated Western Canada jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut or Northwestern Ontario (defined as west of Terrace Bay)) are not required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are asymptomatic and have no known exposure to COVID-19. All other domestic travellers entering Manitoba (from regions not outlined above) are required to self-isolate for 14 days under provincial public health orders.
The Province of Manitoba strongly advises that all Manitobans cancel or postpone any non-essential travel. A ban prohibiting travel to northern or remote Manitoba communites was lifted on June 26.
A temporary non-essential travel restriction originally placed on the Canada-U.S. border in March has been extended to July 21.
Airlines have cancelled select flights due to decreased passenger volumes and are carrying out health checks for all travellers as directed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Symptomatic travellers are being denied boarding to protect public health. Increased screening measures are also currently in place at security checkpoints to identify traveller journeys, enforce protocols for those returning to the country and to ask additional questions related to personal health based on guidance from PHAC.
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport is seeing flights land from across Canada and the United States at this time, with health and safety procedures in place to meet all required standards outlined by public health authorities and governing bodies. Flights between the U.S. and Winnipeg resumed on May 17, 2020 to support essential travel only, such as but not limited to healthcare sector professionals, critical infrastructure or industry workers and citizens or residents returning to the country. Upon arriving in Canada, travellers must undergo a health screening by a border services agent and may be additionally screened by a Public Health Agency of Canada representative. All travellers are required to follow the instructions they receive upon entering the country under the Quarantine Act. For more information, visit PHAC’s travel restrictions, exemptions and advice section.