COVID-19 Travel Policy
Travelling in Saskatchewan looks very different because of COVID-19. We know that rules and requirements can change very quickly, so please take the time to review our policies to ensure that you know what is expected of you for masking, boarding, and contact tracing.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
These are boarding requirements for your flight. Please note that different requirements may apply if you are travelling by air to destinations south, or outside the province of Saskatchewan, from Saskatoon. Know the requirements of each air carrier and your final destination to ensure you don’t get left behind!
Effective October 30, 2021, every passenger aged 12, plus 4 months, and older will require one of the following when departing from airports in Prince Albert and Saskatoon:
- Proof of full vaccination with matching photo ID.
- Proof of an approved negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours before the flight with matching photo ID.
- Proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test, taken between 14-180 days before the scheduled flight departure with matching photo ID.
If you do not have one of the above, you will be provided with a self-administered rapid COVID-19 molecular test that takes about 30 minutes to administer and receive the results. A green light means you can proceed to fly; a red light means you have a positive result for COVID-19, and you will not be permitted to board the aircraft.
Interim Accommodations for Remote Communities
We know that living in a remote community is challenging and that air travel is often your only link to essential services in support of your medical, health, or social well-being. In recognition of the unique needs of travelers from remote communities, the vaccination mandate imposed by Transport Canada includes specific accommodations, to ensure you will be able to travel to obtain essential services in support of your health and then return safely home. It is also important that the objectives of this vaccination policy are achieved.
It is strongly recommended that you be vaccinated in order to dramatically reduce the risks of COVID-19. However, in recognition of the unique needs of travelers from remote communities the following accommodations will be put in place:
- Anyone quarantining under Public Health Authority requirements to travel will be exempted from the vaccination and testing requirements.
- Inmates being moved from a federal and/or provincial/territorial correctional facility to another facility in Canada; inmates in custody of a police force being transferred from one jurisdiction to another; or persons subject to an extradition or deportation order leaving Canada for an international destination are exempted from the vaccination and testing requirements in accordance with the provisions of Aviation Security Exemption No. C20201-125.
- If you are flying out of a remote community, you will not be subject to the vaccination and testing requirements, until testing capacity can be developed locally.
- To facilitate onward travel and return travel, testing capacity will be enhanced at “gateway” and southern airports. Prince Albert and Saskatoon are known as “gateway” airports.
Quarantine in lieu of Vaccination or a Test
- Some Territories (e.g., Nunavut) require a 14-day quarantine prior to travel to the Territory.
- Those travelers who are subject to these restrictions will be exempted from the requirement to provide proof of vaccination or a valid COVID-19 molecular test.
Departing Remote Communities
- Until local testing capacity can be assured, if you are departing from an airport serving a remote community, you will not be required to provide proof of vaccination or a valid COVID-19 molecular test.
- This accommodation will not apply to flights from a “gateway” airport (i.e., Prince Albert and Saskatoon) to another destination.
Return Travel to Remote Communities from Gateway Airports
- If you are aged 12, plus 4 months, or older, and you are traveling on flights that originate from a “gateway” airport or if you are on a flight to a remote airport, you will need to provide proof of vaccination or a valid COVID-19 molecular test.
- If you are unvaccinated you are encouraged, where capacity is available, to access local molecular COVID testing.
- However, to ensure all travelers coming from, or transiting to, remote communities have access to molecular testing the Government of Canada will provide Canadian Air Operators that transport travelers to and from Gateway communities, with self-administered rapid COVID-19 molecular test kits at no charge.
- In Prince Albert and Saskatoon, Rise Air will provide self-administered rapid COVID-10 molecular tests at nor charge to you if you are not vaccinated or do not have a valid molecular test result prior to checking in for any flight to remotes communities. If you must complete a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival at the airport, please plan to arrive a minimum of two hours before your flight.
- A negative test result will allow you to continue your travel without need for another test result for 72 hours (e.g., the test result could allow you to board multiple flights).
Very limited exemptions to vaccination will be allowed for travel within and out of Canada. Rise Air may provide temporary exemptions for the following:
- Medical inability to be vaccinated (e.g., confirmed allergy).
- Essential medical services and treatment (e.g., booked medical appointment).
- Sincere religious belief.
A high level summary of information on exemptions for passengers can be located on this webpage: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/domestic-travel (administered by Health Canada and Treasury Board Secretariat).
Exemption Form Completion
Passengers will be responsible to submit to Rise Air a completed exemption form. A request for temporary exemption must be submitted in advance as follows:
- Medical inability - up to three (3) weeks in advance.
- Essential medical services and treatment - up to two (2) weeks in advance.
- Sincere religious belief - at least three (3) weeks in advance.
Exemption Form Travel Requirements
Passengers are required to carry the completed exemption form and proof of the operator's acceptance/approval with them during their travel journey. Temporary exemptions due to Medical Inability, Essential Medical Services or Treatment, or Sincere Religious Belief is operator specific. In other words, a temporary exemption by one airline does not automatically allow the passenger to connect with a different airline, or to transfer modes (e.g., from train to plane or from one airline to the next).
Passengers with temporary exemptions due to Medical Inability, Essential Medical Services or Treatment, or Sincere Religious Belief will also need to have a valid COVID-19 molecular test, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.
Please note that completed temporary exemption forms for passengers due to essential medical services and treatment and sincere religious beliefs are valid for the period of the return trip only. Forms for medical inability are valid for up to one year, depending on the passenger's medical condition.
False claims are an offence under the Criminal Code and false declaration could be subject to Transport Canada fines.