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Here’s what you need to know

All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. For example, if your flight is at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Thursday.

The COVID-19 test can be either a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)/PCR or a viral rapid antigen test.

All non-immigrant, non-US citizen air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Travellers are also required to wear a mask on airplanes travelling to and within the United States.

Travellers can book a COVID-19 test at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). To book a COVID-19 test at EIA through Numi Health, information is available here. Please plan to arrive early at the airport to ensure you have plenty of time to get your tests before checking in for your flight.

Paper or digital documentation of the required pre-departure viral test or documentation of recovery is acceptable. This documentation must be presented to the airline and made available to U.S. Government Officials when requested.

More information is available here.

Clear US Customs before you fly

Before departing to a US destination, you must go through US Customs.

After you check in for your direct flight to the US, remain on the Departures level and walk south, passed the Delta and WestJet US check-in counters.

Drop your checked bags on the US bag drop belt and proceed to the south end of the building.

We recommend arriving 3 hours before your departure time to clear Customs and security.

Automated passport control

Travellers to the US will use Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks. These kiosks will speed up your time through Customs.

Read and follow the onscreen instructions:

  1. Scan your passport
  2. Take your photo with the camera on the kiosk
  3. Answer the customs declaration on the touchscreen
  4. Collect your receipt
  5. Take the receipt to a USCBP Officer
Note: people living at the same address can enter their information on one kiosk together

Frequently asked questions

APC kiosks can be used by US citizens, US legal permanent residents, Canadian citizens, travellers using ESTA (Visa Waiver Program), and travellers entering with a B1/B2 or D visa.

Visit the following website for information about the Visa Waiver Program.

No, you will submit your declaration form electronically using the kiosk.

English, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Dutch, German, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified) and Japanese.

Hours: 5:00 am – 3:00 pm daily.

The USCBP public window is open Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm, and they are closed on all US and Canadian holidays.

The USCBP public window is in an office on the south side of the building between the US bag drop belt and US Departures screening.

For more information, visit US Automated Passport Control.