Health & Safety Protocols

Travel to Canada - What to Expect

Travel to Canada

What to expect in Banff & Lake Louise


(Updated July 25, 2022) While things are much easier now in Banff and Lake Louise, our communities remain committed to the health and safety of both locals and visitors alike. There are no provincial mandates in place restricting access to public spaces, however personal respect for physical distancing and individual mask-wearing preferences are the norm across Banff National Park. Below you will find the latest information regarding travel to Canada and what to expect when visiting our region.

Pre-entry covid tests are not required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water. Foreign nationals, ages 12 and above, coming to Canada are required to be vaccinated, unless they meet one of the criteria for exemption. As part of this process all international visitors will need the ArriveCAN Ap which provides approved vaccine verification. Travellers may be selected for random testing upon entry to Canada. If fully vaccinated, no quarantine is required while awaiting test results. Please familiarize yourself with all required entry protocols – Government of Canada – Border & Travel Information. Masks are still required within Canadian airports.

Familiarize yourself with return travel/testing protocols as per your home country regulations. If required, there are a variety of businesses & pharmacies offering testing services in the town of Banff.  Pre-travel Covid testing facility for air travel is also available at the Calgary International Airport.

Proof of a negative covid test is no longer required for travellers returning to the USA. For all questions regarding entry to the USA, please see the CDC Airline Travel Checklist.

What to Expect in Town

As of June 15, 2022, most public health restrictions were removed across the province of Alberta. The Provincial mask mandate only applies in high-risk settings including health care facilities and all continuing care settings.

Please visit the following links for additional information regarding COVID-19 policies for Banff & Lake Louise, and the province of Alberta. Protocols are subject to change without notice.


Banff Sunshine

At Banff Sunshine Village, we are firm believers in the power of outdoor recreation. Our mission is to provide a safe and healthy place for our team members to work, and our guests to recreate. 

As per Alberta Health Services (AHS) Guidelines face masks are required to access resort shuttles.  All other restrictions have been removed as of March 1, 2022.


These days, air travel into many countries requires proof of a rapid antigen test (or rapid test) with 24 hours of departure, or a PCR Molecular test within 72 hours. In Banff, there are a number of local pharmacies and clinics offering approved covid tests for travellers flying home from their holiday.

We recommend that visitors book their departure rapid test before they travel (or as soon as they arrive) to make sure they can get tested before they leave. Prices and result times may vary depending on testing sites, so choose a pharmacy or clinic that works best for you