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

Helpful Tips
The travel experience has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a few helpful tips can go a long way to help you be prepared to fly. Keep these key reminders top of mind the next time you move through the Sault Ste. Marie Airport and you will be ready to easily navigate changes at the airport.
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Bring A Mask

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.

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Arrive Early

Airlines may ask additional questions as part of check-in and/or boarding. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time prior to your scheduled departure. Summer is a busy time at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, so you’ll likely encounter higher passenger volumes at peak times. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and your boarding gate. You should arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight.

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Be Aware of Entry Requirements

If you plan to travel outside of the province or country, additional documentation may be required to enter your destination. It is recommended you check with your airline to be sure you understand all requirements for your itinerary. There are also requirements and restrictions at the Canadian border, which may impact your return.

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Know What You Can Pack

Learn what you can and can’t pack in your carry-on by visiting CATSA’s website. Also, don’t forget to weigh and measure your bags before leaving home to ensure it meets your airline’s luggage policies. By packing right, you’ll shorten your time at check-in counters and pre-board security screening checkpoints and reduce your risk of having to leave items behind.

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Pack Snacks To Go

Our restaurant remains closed as changes have been made to food vendors and in-flight at airports. To satisfy that sweet tooth or craving, we recommend that passengers pack snacks just in case. Please visit our Food and Beverage page for more information.

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Hand Sanitizer Stations

Hand Sanitizer stations are located throughout the terminal for encouraged traveler use at each stage of the travelling experience.

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Plan Your Parking

For passenger convenience, there are two parking lots available. Please note that if you are picking up a travelling passenger you must park in the Short Term parking lot. Parking is not permitted in front of the terminal building. To enter either parking lot, passengers must take a bar coded ticket upon entry. The gated system will allow travellers to pay by cash or debit/credit card at the pay station in the terminal building which is located adjacent to the security office, or by debit or credit card at the exit gates. Tap is available at the pay station and the exit gates. The bar coded ticket must be used to exit either lot. Both lots are well lit and randomly patrolled 24 hours a day.

Visit our Parking Page for information on rates, parking instructions, a map and more.

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Be Kind
Travelling this summer? Remember: the travel experience has changed and processes may take longer. Please be patient with our airport staff as they work to get you on your way.
Visit your airline’s website to learn what is required and how you can prepare for your next flight.

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.

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