Healthy Airport Commitment
We are committed to taking all measures necessary to ensure your health and safety. We continue to enhance existing measures and implement new initiatives and processes that will ensure you remain safe while traveling through the airport.
The following policies must be adhered to in the Air Terminal Building.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all passengers and airport employees must wear face coverings or masks at all times. This includes pre- and post- security screening areas of the terminal and all other public areas in the terminal. Please visit the Transport Canada website for further guidance on face covering requirements for air travellers.


As always, follow in-terminal signage and maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres from others whenever possible.

Your journey begins before you leave home - be prepared!

Transport Canada has the most up-to-date information, rules, & policies regarding air travel in/out of Canada. Their website answers pressing questions & we encourage passengers to bookmark & use it as they plan their trip: Visit the Government of Canada Website

Mandatory vaccination to board

If you’re 12 years of age plus 4 months, or older, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated in order to board:

  • domestic or international flights departing from most airports in Canada, including charter and foreign airlines carrying commercial passengers
    • Medevac flights are excluded, regardless of where they depart or land
    • Private flights that don’t require access to airports with a vaccination requirement are excluded

Contact your airline about their boarding requirements and refund policies.

Visit the Government of Canada Website for information in regards to:

  • Airports with vaccination requirement

Find out if you’re ready to board

To board your flight or train, if you’re 12 years of age plus 4 months, or older, you must:

  • be fully vaccinated with accepted vaccines
  • be ready at any point in your journey to show your official proof of vaccination
  • have received your second dose at least 15 calendar days prior to the day you travel
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • wear a mask

Visit the Government of Canada Website for information in regards to:

  • Accepted vaccines
  • Connecting flights and rail after entering Canada
  • Foreign nationals departing Canada

COVID-19 tests: if you qualify as fully vaccinated, a COVID-19 test is not needed to board a flight or train in Canada unless you’re flying to a country that requires it.

If you fail to provide proof of vaccination (or valid COVID-19 test result if you have an exemption from your carrier), you won’t be allowed to travel and could face penalties or fines.

Vaccination is required for travel within and to depart Canada. A valid COVID-19 molecular test will no longer be accepted as an alternative to vaccination unless you’re eligible for one of the limited exemptions.

Providing proof of vaccination

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is a reliable way for Canadians to show your COVID-19 vaccination history when you travel, and has all the necessary information for domestic and international trips.

If you plan to show your proof of vaccination on your phone, we recommend you carry a back-up paper copy during your travels in case of difficulties (e.g., power failure of your device).

Visit the Government of Canada Website for information in regards to:

  • If you don’t have Canadian proof
  • Protecting your privacy

Travel with unvaccinated children

Unvaccinated children under 12 years and 4 months of age don’t require a COVID-19 test to travel within or depart Canada. International destinations may have different requirements.

Children turning 12

  • If your child has just turned 12, there is a 4-month exemption period following their 12th birthday in which they won’t be required to be vaccinated or tested. This gives children the time to receive both shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.For example, if your child’s 12th birthday is in January, the child can travel in January through April without providing proof of vaccination or a test result. In May, the child would be required to provide proof of vaccination.

Exemptions to the vaccine requirement

Vaccination is required for travel within and out of Canada. A valid COVID-19 molecular test will only be accepted for one of the following limited exceptions:

  • Travel from remote communities
  • Travel for essential medical services and treatment
  • If Canada is not your final destination
  • Emergency and urgent travel (including for urgent medical reasons)
  • Other exceptional travel in the national interest
  • Medical inability to be vaccinated
  • Sincere religious belief
  • Russian invasion of Ukraine

Travellers who qualify for an exemption will also need to have a valid COVID-19 molecular test, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding a flight or train.

False claims are an offence under the Criminal Code and false declaration could be subject to Transport Canada fines.

Other requirements to board

In addition to the vaccination requirement, all existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for passengers remain in place, including health check questions, and wearing masks inside airports and rail terminals, and while on board planes and trains.

All passengers must wear a mask throughout their entire travel journey except for brief periods while eating, drinking, or taking oral medication, or unless otherwise exempt. Some of these exemptions include:

  • children under 6 years old
  • people who are unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • people who provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason

Travelling to another province or territory or country

You’ll need to check if there are any restrictions that apply at your final final destination.

Your proof of vaccination doesn’t guarantee you entry to another country. Before you travel, you must check the rules of your destination country and the countries you transit through:

Passengers with signs or symptoms

You won’t be allowed to board until:

  • it has been at least 15 days since you first started showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • you present a medical certificate confirming that your symptoms aren’t related to COVID-19

Boarding flights to Canada

All travellers, with limited exceptions, entering Canada by air must use ArriveCAN. You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada. Learn more About ArriveCAN

Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow all requirements to keep everyone safe. Foreign nationals who don’t qualify as fully vaccinated will only be allowed to enter in specific circumstances:

Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing and Negative Results Required for International Air Travellers Departing from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Algoma Public Health advises that individuals requesting a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance are no longer eligible for a publicly funded COVID-19 test in Ontario.

COVID-19 PCR Testing is available at Northstream Safety & Rehab

Booking is available online at Contact us | NorthStream Safety & Rehab or by telephone at 1-888-273-0143

COVID-19 Rapid-Antigen Testing is available at Shoppers Drug Mart

Booking is available by telephone at 1-705-949-2143 at 44 Great Northern Road Location or 1-705-945-1215 at 364 Second Line West Location in Sault Ste. Marie.

Please contact your airline directly or visit the website of the government to which you are travelling to determine the type of test that is accepted.

Other actions that we are taking

We have added or enhanced cleaning procedures and will continue to evolve these processes as needed. These include:

  • Installation of barrier glass at all terminal counters
  • Additional cleaning and heightened focus on high-touch areas, such as chairs and the car park pay station etc.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations at key terminal locations entering the terminal building
  • Use of disinfecting solutions for baggage cart handrails and handles
  • Regular disinfecting of all hard surfaces
  • Enhanced disinfection of terminal washrooms
Other actions that the Government of Canada is taking

For more information on the most recent updates to the Government of Canada’s measures and guidelines to protect air travellers from COVID-19 visit the Government of Canada website.

Other resources