Vancouver International Airport (YVR) says it’s ready to welcome back travellers – some of whom may be heading to the airport for the first time in over a year – as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease up.
“We are pleased to see the safe, phased approach that government is taking to advance restart plans in BC and Canada for those who are able to travel. We will continue to follow these plans and the direction of public health authorities to implement measures focused on keeping our communities safe while beginning to reopen the visitor economy,” said Robyn McVicker, YVR’s vice president of passenger journey, in a statement.
“As measures ease, we are committed to keeping our community and passengers informed of what to expect at the airport.”
The airport cautions the process of passing through the border will be a bit different than what people may be used to, and travellers are asked to be prepared and patient.
For example, those returning to Canada need to follow the federal government’s entry requirements, including pre-departure testing, using the ArriveCan app and pre-registering for an arrival test at the airport and quarantine plans where applicable.
Security screenings for departing flights will also include a few extra steps, including temperature checks.
Masks also continue to be mandatory in the airport and on flights. The airport’s cleaning and hygiene program, TAKEcare, also remains in place.
Many retail and food options at the airport have also re-opened, according to YVR.
B.C. is expected to move to the next phase of its four-step reopening plan on July 1. This third phase will allow Canada-wide recreational travel.
Meanwhile, the federal government has announced that, as of the night of July 5, fully-vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to enter the country without having to quarantine as long as they test negative for COVID-19 before and upon arrival.