COVID-19 travel updates

Ready to travel? For flight schedules, travel tips and what to expect the next time you fly, visit our Healthy Travel page.

International travel and quarantine update

There are no international flights operating at YLW.  If you are arriving in B.C. from an international destination, you will land at Vancouver International Airport. For more information on the travel restrictions and requirements, visit tc.canada.ca.

For more information about COVID-19 travel, testing, quarantine and borders including planning your entry to Canada, please visit travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.

Travel directives and screening

At YLW, the safety and security of our passengers, employees and airport visitors is our priority. We support all measures to protect public health and we will continue to work closely with government and other public health agencies to support and implement any additional health and safety measures under their direction.

Masks are required

YLW is taking every precaution to keep travel safe for all, as recreational travel across Canada re-opens. Masks will continue to be mandatory at YLW until further notice.

  • All passengers, employees and airport visitors must wear a mask in the terminal. Masks must cover your nose and mouth. Children under two and people with certain medical conditions are exempt from wearing a mask.
  • Transport Canada requires all passengers who are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, to provide a medical certificate. If you are unable to wear a mask during your flight, you may not be able to travel. Check your airline's mask policies before travelling.
  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents, bandanas, neck gaiters, full face masks, face shields or militaristic-style masks are not permitted. Masks must remain in place at airport screening points or as directed by airline employees or public health officials.
  • Masks are available for purchase at the airport; however, supplies are limited. We encourage all passengers to bring a mask with them to the airport. More information about the regulation, including exceptions where face coverings must not be worn, is available on the Transport Canada website.

COVID-19 testing

Whitecap RSC now provides on-site, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing at YLW for departing passengers who require a negative test prior to international travel. This testing is by appointment only.

Cost: The PCR test is offered at $240 with results available within 24 and 48 hours.  Rapid antigen test is offered at $120 with test results available within 30 minutes.

Location: The facility is located at the south end of the Air Terminal Building. Parking is available at the location free of charge while testing occurs.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information: To book an appointment, visit whitecapcovidtesting.com call 604-966-3777. Contact your airline directly for more information about testing requirements for your planned destination. Departing passengers are responsible for verifying the requirements and regulations of their destination, as these vary. All travelers who opt-in for testing will still need to adhere to existing travel measures.

Public exposures

The safety and well-being of passengers, employees and our community is our priority. YLW is committed to sharing information and updates about COVID-19 impacts at the airport.

All recent travellers are advised to check and monitor the BC Centre for Disease Control Public Exposures website for possible in-flight exposures to COVID-19. If your flight is listed, you may be required to self-isolate or self monitor for symptoms. We are providing our utmost support to these agencies and are doing our part to help notify the community of potential exposure.