Alberta is testing arrival at two port gates, allowing passengers to reduce the number of days they have to spend in isolation.
Six weeks after the pilot, the number of positive corona virus tests was reasonably low The Canadian Press. As of December 10, the province had taken 14,382 passenger checks.
Alberta is the first and only province to offer a COVID-19 test program that reduces isolation times. Currently the only two ports offering this project are at Coalgate International Airport and across the Coutts border in southern Alberta.
Passengers wishing to opt for arrival should be self-isolated for 24 to 48 hours until their results are received. All travelers allowed to travel to Canada are allowed to participate in the pilot as Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals.
If the results are negative, they may break their isolation. However, they should monitor their symptoms and re-examine after six or seven days.
The pilot is scheduled to continue for six months, or until 52,000 passengers arrive and opt for testing. Alberta also expects to expand the program next year.
In an email The Canadian Press, Alberta Health spokesman says the pilot has gotten off to a positive start, with Alberta looking to add Edmonton International Airport to the project next year.
International travelers wishing to take the test can register five days prior to their arrival. Those who choose not to take the test upon arrival will be required by law to be isolated for another 14 days. This means they must be indoors and isolated from others. They should also have a plan to access essential items such as food and medicine.
A Calgary airport spokesman said the number of passengers at the airport had dropped by 77 percent by the end of October compared to last year.
A spokesman said the pilot program has been well received and many passengers are eager to take the test upon arrival rather than being isolated for 14 days.
The Coal Airport Authority hopes the project will lead to the complete elimination of the 14-day isolation requirement.
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