Passenger health checks
The Pubic Health Agency of Canada requires airlines to conduct health checks of all travellers before they board an aircraft.
- The health check may be administered by an employee at the check-in counter asking the traveller the questions or via an electronic check-in kiosk. The visual observation for symptoms may be done by an employee at the check-in counter or boarding gate to look for signs that the person is unwell.
Non-medical masks or face coverings
The Government of Canada requires all domestic passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Travellers without a mask will not be allowed to continue on their journey.
Travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic
- The Government of Canada is advising against all non-essential international travel.
- Airlines have been directed by the Government of Canada to prevent all travellers who present symptoms of COVID-19 from boarding a plane when travelling internationally and air travel within Canada.
- The Canada-U.S. land border travel restrictions are in effect. Under these restrictions, the Canada-U.S. land border will be closed to all non-essential travel, remaining open only for commercial operations and people who need to cross for essential work.
- As per BC’s medical health officer, if you are returning from an international trip, it is mandatory for you to self-isolate for 14-days and to complete and submit a self-isolation plan. If you are a returning Canadian or on essential business travel you will be allowed in.
- Continue to monitor updates from your airline and the Government of Canada as information is changing every day.
Are international flights arriving at YLW?
Flights to Mexico, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Seattle are not currently operating, and airlines have reduced service across their flight networks to respond to COVID-19 and get Canadians home.
All scheduled commercial flights arriving from international destinations will land at one of four Canadian airports (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal).
- The Province has ordered that anyone entering British Columbia from an international destination including the U.S. must self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan.
- Travellers can submit isolation plans online or on paper before or upon arrival in B.C.
- More information about these new requirements is available on the Government of B.C. website.
For more information and updates about how YLW is responding to COVID-19, visit: ylw.kelowna.ca/coronavirus.