As Canada’s travel rules ease, the country’s largest airport says it is “encouraged” by the easing of restrictions, which came into effect on Monday.
Unvaccinated travelers can now board a plane again as the federal government drops its requirement for proof of vaccination for outbound domestic and international passengers.
Tori Gass, spokesperson for Toronto Pearson International Airport, calls the move “a step in the right direction” as long delays and long lines continue to plague the airport. If more travelers are jet-set eligible, more employees will also be able to return to work.
“We hope [this] will continue to improve wait times for passengers as the busy summer travel season resumes,” Gass said in a statement to CTV News Toronto on Monday.
Meanwhile, the airport will have more hands on deck, with the federal government simultaneously lifting COVID-19 vaccine requirements for transportation workers who have been “sitting on the sidelines” due to the policy.
“In a situation where we could use all trained and capable bodies to support our recovery, that represents a very positive development,” Gass said.
However, airport authorities still encourage domestic passengers to arrive at least two hours before their flight and international travelers to arrive three hours before departure.
To help speed up security check-in lines, Pearson provides the following tips for travellers:
- Prepare your boarding pass for inspection
- Wear easy-to-remove outerwear with clothing that does not contain metal
- Place coins, keys and metal objects in your hand luggage
- Make sure liquids, aerosols and gels are in containers of 100ml or less
- Place your laptop in the bin at safety with nothing on or under it
- Also ensure that cell phones and tablets are removed from baggage and placed in a bin
For passengers arriving at Toronto Pearson, Gass said to take note that completing travel and health information on ArriveCAN is still a federal requirement.
To save time, airport authorities recommend that passengers complete their customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours before the flight.