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Updates to Airport Travel Measures

YVR is getting ready to welcome more international travellers to the airport as the Federal Government eases restrictions in the coming months. Here’s what you can expect: 

As of August 8, 2021, at 9:01 p.m.:

  • For travellers arriving at YVR:
    • U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who are currently living in the United States, and have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, will be able to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel.
    • Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
    • Fully vaccinated travellers will not need an arrival test unless they have been randomly selected to complete a day-1 COVID-19 molecular test.
    • The three-night government authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all travellers arriving by air as of 9:01 P.M. PT on August 8. All travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine.
    • Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age and dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition) of fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to complete a 14 day quarantine, but must follow strict public health measures. This includes those travelling from the U.S for discretionary purposes. This means they can move around with their parents, but must avoid group settings - such as camps or daycares - during the first 14 days after their arrival. Unvaccinated children will remain subject to the day-1 and day-8 testing requirements.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers will continue to be required to quarantine for 14 days and conduct a day-1 and day-8 COVID-19 test. 

For travellers departing YVR:

  • Transport Canada will remove the requirement for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) to perform pre-board temperature screening of passengers on all domestic flights and international departures.

As of September 7, 2021 (provided the situation remains favourable):

  • The Federal Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

It is important that all travellers find out about whether they are eligible to enter Canada well in advance of their travel, and understand applicable requirements. Visit here for more information about fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada during COVID-19.

For more information about travel planning, visit: www.yvr.ca /travel-planning

Here's more on what passengers can expect at YVR today:

  • Members of the public and media are allowed back in terminal buildings.

  • Masks continue to be mandated inside our terminal buildings.

  • Physical distancing will no longer be enforced where it is no longer possible based on guidance from the Federal Government.

  • Multi-layered safeguards remain (plexi-glass barriers, enhanced cleaning protocols, high rate of community vaccination, increased airflow through HVAC, sanitizer stations etc.)

Arrivals Testing and Quarantine Process 

If YVR is your final stop

  • Fully-vaccinated passengers will register, receive a day-1 take-home test kit, and are exempt from the government-authorized hotel quarantine.
  • Non or partially vaccinated passengers will register, conduct day-1 test, receive a day-8 test kit and must proceed to their government-authorized hotel for quarantine.

If you’re connecting through YVR

  • Fully-vaccinated passengers with a same-day connection will obtain registration instructions and day-1 take-home kit and proceed to the departures area.
  • Non or partially-vaccinated passengers with a connection will register, conduct day-1 test, receive a day-8 test and proceed to their government-authorized hotel for quarantine.

Visit here for more information about fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada during COVID-19.

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