Travel Directives & Screening
The Government of Canada has issued a number of directives and called for enhanced screening measures in response to COVID-19 to limit its spread and provide support for Canadian travellers.
Known travel directives that are now in place include:
- YVR is one of four airports in Canada accepting international flights to ensure the continued transport of essential goods, to welcome home Canadians and to help non-Canadians return home. Other airports accepting international flights are Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and Calgary International Airport (YYC).
- Canada has closed its borders to foreign nationals, with some exceptions such as air crews, diplomats and the immediate family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Please contact Canada Border Service Agency at 1-833-784-4397 with any questions.
The Government has also strongly urged Canadians to heed the following recommendations that:
- All Canadians should avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice.
- All travellers should return to Canada via commercial means while they remain available.
- All Canadians returning to the country are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry, with exceptions for workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people; they also have to fill out a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) coronavirus form and are required to declare if they are experiencing symptoms.
Flights that had passengers test positive for COVID-19 are listed on the BC Centre of Disease Control website. Please check this page frequently if you have travelled recently.
At YVR, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has implemented a number of screening new measures as follows:
- Airlines are now mandated to prevent all travellers who present symptoms of COVID-19 to board a plane at point of origin, meaning anyone who has symptoms will not be able to come to Canada.
- All incoming travellers, no matter their country of origin, will face increased screening from CBSA officers, checking for symptoms of COVID-19.
- All PIK and NEXUS kiosks require travellers to declare if they are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing or fever. They also will need to acknowledge that they are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days if they're arriving from any international location.
- Enhanced officer presence at major points of entry to carry out public health screening and public health outreach by observing arriving travellers and making sure they're aware of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) guidelines. CBSA officers will approach any traveller displaying signs of illness for further questioning and will distribute PHAC pamphlets to raise more awareness about COVID-19.
- Instructional handouts will be given to all travellers arriving in Canada advising them to self-isolate at home for 14 days, monitor themselves for symptoms and to contact public health authorities if they develop symptoms.
- Travellers will be asked to fill out a PHAC coronavirus form, which will help health authorities monitor and track people who have been identified as a potential concern.
- Mask kits will be given to travellers "of concern," which includes a surgical mask and a one-page instruction on how to use the mask.
Learn more about Canada's travel directives and screening measures here.
At YVR, the safety and security of our passengers, employees and all airport visitors is our top priority. We support all measures to protect public health and we will continue to work closely with the government and other public health agencies to support and implement any additional measures under their direction