What screening measures are underway at YVR?
At YVR, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has implemented a variety of new measures as follows:
- New messaging has been added to screens in our arrivals areas in English, French and Simplified Chinese—reminding travellers to inform a border service officer if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
- An additional health screening question has been added to electronic border kiosks in 15 languages. The new question requires passengers to declare if they have been to Hubei province in the last 14 days.
- Anyone that has visited Hubei province in the last 14 days will automatically be referred to a CBSA border officer for additional inspection.
- CBSA border officers will then refer anyone presenting symptoms to PHAC Quarantine Officers for further health assessment.
- Those that have visited Hubei province within the last 14 days, but present no symptoms, are advised to self-isolate and limit their contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date they left Hubei.
- Passengers are given a comprehensive information package on coronavirus, including symptoms to watch for and details on when and how to contact a health professional.
What is YVR doing in addition to PHAC’s screening measures?
In addition to implementing measures as directed by PHAC, the Airport Authority has put a range of additional cleaning processes and procedures in place. These include:
- Increased frequency of cleaning in key surfaces in the international arrivals area, including border kiosks, jet bridges, hand rails and other high touch surfaces as well as washrooms.
- Placed additional hand sanitizer dispensers in high traffic areas which are being refilled on an ongoing basis.
- Added additional signage in English, French and Simplified Chinese throughout the terminal outlining PHAC’s top precautionary measures.
For a video about the measures underway at YVR, please see below.