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Canada Launches New Tool To Check If There Was COVID-19 On Your Flight

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The Canadian Government has launched a new tool to check if there was confirmed cases of COVID-19 on your flight.

The tool works for both domestic and international routes for all airlines.

Additional features include the ability to check confirmed COVID-19 cases on trains and cruise ships in Canada. 

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The Canadian Government hopes the new tool will help travelers protect themselves and others if they were possibly exposed to the virus. 

“Being aware of the risk can help you take the necessary steps to protect your health and the health of others around you.” the Canadian government said.

Although there is a mandatory 14 day quarantine for travelers returning to Canada, Canadians will want to check the tool when they return home in order to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to those in their household. 

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The data in the tool is gathered by health authorities from around the country,  international health authorities and other public websites. 

The tool is updated every 24 hours so if your flight just returned, travelers will have to wait to check for updates. Checking back daily during your quarantine period can be helpful in identifying possible COVID-19 exposure. 

According to the Canadian Government, once information from the tool becomes 14 days old, the information will be removed as the mandatory self isolation period for returning travelers will be over at that time.

“We also remove information older than 14 days, as this is the quarantine period for those who may have been exposed,” the Canadian government website states.

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What Should Travelers Do If They Were On The Affected Flights?

The Canadian Government has suggested steps to take if you were in the affected rows or on the flight where COVID-19 was confirmed. 

  • Protect others in your household by isolating yourself the best as possible. For example not sharing bathrooms. 
  • Self-monitor your symptoms for a minimum of 14 days.
  • Contact public health authorities if you develop symptoms.
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How Does The Tool Work?

Travelers are able to search the tool using keywords or by preset filters including:

  • Airline
  • Date
  • Flight Number
  • Departing From
  • Destination
  • Affected Rows

If the traveler's flight appears in the list, someone on board was confirmed to have COVID-19.

Travelers should then check the affected rows to see if they were sitting in a high risk zone. 

If no rows are listed, travelers should take same precautions.

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Requirements For Travelers Entering Canada

Only select travelers may enter Canada at this time.

All travelers must self quarantine for 14 days when arriving in Canada. In recent weeks the Canadian government has increased follow up by authorities on individuals in sel-isolation. 
The ArriveCan app must be used to check in once travelers have reached their self-quarantine destination. 
Approved travelers arriving in Canada via the Calgary International Airport or Coutts land border are eligible for reduced quarantine through a pilot testing program now in effect. 
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How To Access The New Tool

The new tool to check if your flight had confirmed COVID-19 cases on board can be found on the official Canadian Government Website.

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Saturday 12th of December 2020

I won’t be using the “tool”. It has already proven not to work.


Friday 11th of December 2020

Just what we need! More surveillance.