Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has officially cleared Santa Claus for travel in Canadian airspace.
In a video uploaded online Thursday (Dec. 23), Minister Alghabra is seen going through a pre-flight checklist with controllers in a flight control room to give Santa the all-clear to fly.
Weather? Clear. Flight plan? Ready. Communications, GPS, radar, airspace? Check, linked, all clear.
The Minister then goes on to ensure Santa meets Canada’s many travel requirements, such as having his proof of vaccination, a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test and a completed ArriveCAN form.
In a press release, the Canadian government added that Santa notified Minister Alghabra that he completed his pre-flight checklist—and even checked it twice.
Making sure he didn’t wait ‘til the night before Christmas to prepare for his journey, Santa had his proof of vaccination ready and made sure that his COVID-19 test was negative before take off, the government said.
Santa’s reindeer were also cleared for travel, Ottawa said.
“Although his nose shone red and bright, Rudolph made sure he had no COVID-19 symptoms before taking off on this important mission,” read the news release.
Transport Canada says it also inspected Santa’s sleigh and its safety systems earlier this month.
“The inspectors checked the landing gear and the reindeer harnesses, as well as the communications and navigation systems,” said Transport Canada. “Not to be overlooked, Santa’s gift bag full of presents was also checked to ensure it is secure and ready to deliver presents to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”
Minister Alghabra said that when he spoke to Santa, "he assured me that he met all the pre-entry requirements to re-enter Canada and that he was committed to ensuring his safety, the safety of Canadians, and our transportation workers."
"I’d like wish everyone a safe, happy, and festive holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!”
You can track Santa and his reindeer on the NORAD Tracks Santa website and on Twitter following the #NoradTracksSanta hashtag.
Watch Minister Alghabra clear Santa for Canadian airspace here!