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Here’s what you need to know

The United States have just announced changes related to travelling to the US. Effective Monday, December 6 at 12:01 am, all inbound international travelers, including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), regardless of nationality or vaccination status must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day of their departing flight.

The 1-day period is 1 day before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 1-day time frame instead of 24 hours to provide more flexibility to the air passenger and aircraft operator. By using a 1-day window, test acceptability does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test sample was taken. 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 test must be a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

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 the airport. 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.

Exemptions to the US travel restrictions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

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.