Travel requirements

New travel guidelines for B.C.

B.C.'s Provincial Health Offier (PHO) is advising individuals to significantly reduce social interactions and non-essential travel until Dec. 7, 2020. This includes travel into and out of B.C. and between regions of the province. Learn more about essential travel guidelines at the Government of B.C. website.

If you're travelling, take the same health and safety precautions you do at home.

  • Wash your hands often
  • Practice safe distancing by staying 2 metres from others
  • Spend time in small groups and open spaces
  • Clean spaces often

If you are feeling sick, stay home. If symptoms develop while travelling, self-isolate immediately and contact 8-1-1 for guidance and testing. 

If you need to rebook your trip, please contact your airline directly.

Masks are required

Transport Canada has new requirements for face coverings in airports. Acceptable masks must cover the nose and mouth (fitted disposable or cloth masks). Masks with exhalation valves/vents, bandanas, neck gaiters and face shields are not permitted.

We’re asking that masks be worn at all times in the public areas of the terminal. Please ensure your mask is on prior to entering. Masks are not required to be worn by children under two years old and individuals with medical conditions that prevent mask usage. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, you will be required to provide a medical certificate. Visit the Transport Canada website for more information.

Health and temperature screening

All airlines are required to conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight within Canada or departing from Canada. Transport Canada also requires all departing passengers and all employees working post security at YLW to undergo a temperature check at security screening checkpoints. Visit our COVID-19 travel updates page for more information. 

Healthy travel

We've implemented a series of new health and safety initiatives at YLW to ensure passengers can feel confident when travelling through the airport, and know what to expect before they arrive.

Safety measures now in effect at YLW:

  • Asking everyone who enters the terminal to wear a mask and sanitize their hands
  • Transport Canada requires all passengers who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons to provide a medical certificate. Visit the Transport Canada website for more information.
  • Requesting passengers say goodbye to friends and family outside the terminal
  • Advising arriving passengers to collect their baggage and immediately exit the building

What you can expect

We know air travel looks different these days, but we are here to welcome passengers back and ensure their journey through YLW is as easy, stress-free and safe as possible. Visit our Healthy Travel page for more information about what to expect the next time you travel. 

Where can I fly?

Many airlines have made changes to flight schedules and in some cases, suspended service to some destinations temporarily. Visit our Destinations & Airlines page to find out where you can travel to from YLW.

What's open at YLW?

The airport terminal building is open daily from 4 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. White Spot, Subway, Tim Hortons, the Wine Shop and the gift shop have re-opened with COVID-19 safety measures in place. For current hours, visit our Healthy Travel page

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 BCCDC's 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.