YVR welcomes today’s decision by the Government of Canada to temporarily suspend randomized COVID-19 testing of fully vaccinated international passengers arriving at Canada’s airports from June 11 to June 30, and to move future testing off-airport starting July 1.
“Today’s announcement is a welcome step forward for the travel and tourism industry,” said Mike McNaney, Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer at Vancouver Airport Authority. “While we await further information from government on how it will implement offsite testing, a key element in the success of this transition will be improvements to the ArriveCAN app. The government must make effective use of this platform to ensure when arrival testing resumes on July 1, ArriveCAN has the functionality to select travellers for random mandatory testing and facilitate their testing registration before the traveller arrives at a Canadian airport.”
YVR continues to work with government and federal agencies to ensure travellers are able to move through the airport as efficiently as possible. The airport has invested in a new Guest Experience team who, along with YVR’s Green Coat volunteers, are stationed at Information Counters and throughout the terminal to assist and answer questions and help prepare travellers for Government of Canada screening processes.
Other federal travel policies such as the mandatory wearing of masks in airports and on aircraft and proof of vaccination requirements for air travel remain in effect.
More information about COVID-19 travel requirements can be found at travel.gc.ca.