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Travel preparedness tips from YVR

YVR will welcome upwards of 50,000 passengers daily this weekend! Similar to other large airports in Canada, at various points in the day passengers at YVR could experience long lines for security screening at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) checkpoints.

We understand many of you might be travelling for the first time in a long time. We’re ready to welcome you to YVR and are working with our many partners to deliver a safe and seamless experience. To help make the most of your journey through YVR, please be patient and be prepared, and follow these top tips:

  • Arrive early. YVR strongly encourages all travellers flying from YVR to arrive at the airport early—at least two hours ahead of domestic flights and at least three hours for U.S. and international.
  • Have a parking plan. If you’re driving to the airport, here are four ways to park at YVR.
  • Know before you go. Have your travel documents, including your passport and proof of vaccination, ready before you check in for your flight. Be sure to also understand the entry requirements of your destination. For U.S. and international travellers, be sure to pre-book any required testing for entry ahead of time. Learn more about testing options at YVR.
  • Follow latest health measures. Masks continue to be required in the terminal and onboard your flight.
  • Take note of in-terminal signs. Passengers may be directed through specific screening checkpoints depending on volume. Please follow in-terminal signs. YVR’s Guest Experience team and Green Coat volunteers are stationed at Information Counters and throughout the terminal and are ready to answer any questions you may have.
  • Be prepared for passenger screening. Please be patient as CATSA staff are doing their best under very busy and challenging circumstances and be prepared to help agents move you through screening as efficiently as possible. Ensure liquids, gels and aerosols are in containers that are under 100 milliliters and are packaged into one transparent, closed, and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than one litre. Check the full list of CATSA requirements here.
  • Check out YVR Order Now. Recently launched, YVR Order Now is a new mobile ordering platform on that lets you pre-order meals on your phone and quickly collect it at the restaurant counter when it’s ready for pick up.

Questions? More information to help you plan your trip is available at Once you’re at the terminal, be sure to keep an eye out for our new Guest Experience team or Green Coat volunteers for assistance.

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