COVID-19 travel updates

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For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 travel requirements, please visit travel.gc.ca

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

As of Nov. 30, Transport Canada will require passengers 12 years of age plus 4 months, or older, boarding a plane to:

  • be fully vaccinated with accepted vaccines
  • be ready at any point in your journey to show your official proof of vaccination
  • have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • wear a mask
Vaccination Requirements

As of Dec 1, Transport Canada will require passengers 12 years of age plus 4 months, or older, travelling through Canadian airports to be fully vaccinated to board. If you are travelling prior to Dec 1, passengers may provide a COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of their flight, if they are not fully vaccinated.

Some exemptions apply. Most travellers who qualify for an exemption will also need to have a valid COVID-19 molecular test, taken no more than 72 hours before boarding a flight or train. Visit travel.ga.ca for more information on exemptions to the vaccine requirement.

Proof of Vaccination Requirements

Proof of vaccination must include the following:

  • full name of the person who received the vaccine
  • the name of the government or organization who issued the proof or administered the vaccine
  • the brand name or manufacturer of the vaccine or of the mix of accepted vaccines
  • the date you received your second dose of an accepted vaccine, or your first dose of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is a reliable way for Canadians to show their COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling, and has all the necessary information for domestic and international trips.

Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is a reliable way for Canadians to show their COVID-19 vaccination history when travelling, and has all the necessary information for domestic and international trips.

How to get proof
 

BC residents can get their Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination through Health Gateway

BC Services Card App

  • You can log in to Health Gateway securely using the BC Services Card app. Once you've logged in, Canada's COVID-19 proof of vaccination is available on your Health Gateway dashboard and can be saved or printed as a PDF.

If you don’t have the BC Services Card App, you can use your PHN. To log in securely without the app, you need to provide your:

  • Date of birth 
  • Personal Health Number (PHN)
  • Date you got dose 1 or dose 2
  • Once you've logged in, you can save or print the PDF document containing your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination. Select the Save As option and pick PDF (Federal proof). 

Paper copy sent by mail

  • Call: 1-833-838-2323 | Translators are available
    • Seven days a week, 7 am to 7 pm (PDT)
    • Statutory holidays, 9 am to 5 pm (PDT)
  • Telephone for the Deaf: Dial 711
  • Video Relay Services (VRS) provides sign language interpretation free for registered deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people.
Masks

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 – Wednesday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (antigen testing only)

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.

International travel and quarantine update

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

Arriving in Canada

All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or marine vessel, must use ArriveCAN.

Passengers need to submit your information within 72 hours before arrival to Canada.

For more information, visit canada.ca/ArriveCAN

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.