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Flew into YVR last night from Heathrow. Very few passengers were sent for a PCR test, and the staff at the airport were directing everyone through the right-hand ("exempt") lane. When I got my ArriveCan receipt before travelling, I noticed that Mrs. A aand I were nidicated as "Immunised", rather than "Vaccinated" - Neither of us have previously tested positive for Covid, so I can onlyassume that this was on the basis of our vaccination record upload providing the details of triple-vaccination.

Generally, the passage from aeroplane to exit was very smooth, and we were able to collect all our bags (including skis, via the oversize luggage route) much more quickly than I can ever remember.

The only downside for orselves, and several other UK passengers, was the difficulty in finding the location of the Whistler Connections shuttle bus. - We were able to receive a message on arrival asking us to text them on clearing customs, whereupon they'd provide directions, but unfortunately our phone contracts didn't cover Canada, and so we spent quite a bit of time wandering aimlessly around, until someone was able to direct us to the Shuttle information desk (in domestic arrivals......obviously). The bus now loads up on Level1 of the terminal building, at the far right-hand end (as you exiyt the terminal), in bay A on the opposite side of the road

Still, got here in the end and it's snowing (well, sleet and rain at the base, but it bodes well for what we'll find higher up).

Note: The transit workers are still in dispute, and so the shuttle buses around the village aren't running due to strike action. - Fortunately our accomodation is ski in-ski out.
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Vaccinated vs Immunised on Arrivecan is down to whether the AI has recognised a valid QR code on your upload.

Pre-arrival testing dropped officially as per announcement this morning and on travel.gc.ca from end of this month
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Hello all. Has anyone travelled through Calgary airport recently & able to give a view on the risk of being randomly selected for mandatory Covid testing?

In our household of five, two of us are currently testing positive and the other three probably have it coming. As pre-entry testing will be a thing of the past by 2nd April when we travel, our insurance company say that we will (probably) not be able to make a claim if we cancel due to testing positive at the time of travel. However, on landing at Calgary, if we get randomly selected for mandatory testing and one or more of us test positive, a 10-day isolation awaits...not quite the Canadian ski holiday of a lifetime we have been planning!
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Do you have NHS positive PCR tests? If so you will be exempt from arrivals testing still:

Who is exempt from arrival testing
Already recovered: Travellers who provide a positive COVID-19 molecular test result, conducted at least 10 calendar days and no more than 180 calendar days before entering Canada. Counting starts the day
for example, if your positive COVID-19 molecular test was taken on January 1, then January 11 would be the first day you could use it
January 11 would be the earliest scheduled departure date of your flight to Canada, or the first day you could use it to enter Canada by land or water
if your positive proof is accepted you won’t have to take arrival or Day-8 tests
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Thanks - I have ordered NHS PCR tests x 5 which we should be able to use in time to comply....so the 2 of us, as a minimum, currently testing positive will be risk-free and exempt from mandatory testing on arrival. It's the other 3 I'm worried about - there is a reasonable chance one of us could be testing positive at the end of next week when we go, and therefore at risk of the 10-day isolation should we be selected for a random mandatory test.
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@Trevskii, if the people in your party are testing positive any time after Wednesday defo no exemption, and should they really be travelling whilst knowingly contaminating the other travellers and staff involved in your transit and holiday , so shouldn't the best idea be to cancel and claim now whilst you still can , I know some countries are allowing restriction free travel , but canada has taken this pandemic really seriously and tried their best to control it and keep their population safe so respecting their rules is the right way forward . and then you can re plan ur trip of a lifetime for 2023
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@Dabber, I agree, hence my potential dilemma. This is all theoretical for now but the option to cancel and claim back the cost of the trip (probably) won't exist after the removal of pre-entry testing on 1st April, according to my insurance company. We now have a call next Wednesday, 3 days prior to departure, to discuss/argue the toss on a claim should one of the family still be testing positive.

I have since found a sentence on the Canadian govt website categorically stating that you are not allowed to enter if positive - if that text remains in place when the Canadian govt update the site to reflect the removal of pre-entry testing, I can't see that our insurer could expect us to travel. In the meantime, we will hope for the best and start packing.
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@Trevskii,

My current trip to Canada is essentially based on my cancellation of our planned trip in March 2020, at just about the time that Canada was ordering its first travel restrictions and a couple of days before the resort company (Whistler-Blackcomb, so essentially Vail Resorts) closed the ski area. (I'd anticipated that this might happen imminently).

I was able to have our accommodation payment held over by the rental agency to (initially) 2021 and subsequently until 2022, and get a voucher for future travel from the airline (BA). No financial loss to me and no insurance claims were needed.

It might be worthwhile getting in touch with your accommodation and airline companies to see if you can get a similar holdover to 2023 (though the very best of luck to you if you can actually get through to someone at BA, if that's your carrier!).
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Trevskii wrote:
Hello all. Has anyone travelled through Calgary airport recently & able to give a view on the risk of being randomly selected for mandatory Covid testing?

In our household of five, two of us are currently testing positive and the other three probably have it coming. As pre-entry testing will be a thing of the past by 2nd April when we travel, our insurance company say that we will (probably) not be able to make a claim if we cancel due to testing positive at the time of travel. However, on landing at Calgary, if we get randomly selected for mandatory testing and one or more of us test positive, a 10-day isolation awaits...not quite the Canadian ski holiday of a lifetime we have been planning!


I travelled to Calgary this month, but via Toronto which is where the covid arrival testing was happening for me, as my first arrival point. After I went out, family friends flew to Calgary. One out of three (travelling separately) was selected for testing.

Reports suggest that whole groups are selected - so if you’re travelling as a group of five, all five may be selected.

However, something hopefully positive for you: I travelled on the earliest day possible post covid (day 11). I wasn’t selected for testing - I’m assuming because I had told ArriveCan that I had had covid and so under the rules I was exempt. Big caveat though - the NHS app took its time to show my covid recovery certificate so I was lucky not to have that checked at the airport.

Good luck and hope Covid hasn’t hit your family too hard.

Ms T.
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Flying out Tuesday to Calgary after cancelled January trip. Can’t wait.
And pre testing is relaxed.

2 weeks skiing hopefully weather is great. Been snowing up at Sunshine so long May it continues.
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Spring Skiing @ Banff has been amazing.
Fresh snow most nights.

Yesterday was more like January @ -16 with a windchill on top.

And so quiet up the hills.

Thanks for the information re spring skiing.
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Don't know what Banff was like in Jan, but it was -35 with a windchill on top in Fernie.
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
First week of Jan in Banff was around -35 for a couple of days when we first got out there but on average it was around -17.

The snow has looked amazing in Banff, even in the last week. Can’t wait to get back out there, planning for Jan ‘24 Eh oh!
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Just got back.
Conditions were excellent and very quiet even for Easter weekend.

Yes January was cold last time we were there 20, but for it to drop as it did 10 days ago was a surprise.

Wouldn’t hesitate to go back first two weeks of April again.
Booked for next year end of February early March due to work commitments.
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