The change is meant to help "streamline" the entry process for travellers.
Not only are travel restrictions in Canada different for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, but now even the airports are starting to look different.
Both Toronto Pearson and Vancouver Airport are separating passengers arriving from an international destination into two lines — vaccinated and unvaccinated — in an effort to make the entry process to Canada clearer and less confusing.
New lines at Vancouver airport @yvrairport https://t.co/yXBE7Bzl4s— Andrew Aziz (@Andrew Aziz) 1626877900.0
In an email to Narcity, Beverly MacDonald, a spokesperson for Pearson Airport, explained passengers arriving into Toronto from the U.S. and abroad might be split into vaccinated and partially vaccinated/unvaccinated lines before they reach Customs. This is done in order to "streamline" the border entry process, MacDonald said, which is different depending on your vaccination status.
A photo posted on Twitter — which later went viral on the /r/Vancouver subreddit — shows a similar process at YVR Airport in Vancouver.
As of July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated Canadians don't have to quarantine when they arrive back home in the country.
And on August 9, travellers from the United States to Canada who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to quarantine either. Later on in the fall, on September 7, 2021, fully vaccinated international travellers will also be able to enter Canada without staying at a quarantine hotel or self-isolating.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday, July 27, both airports reported to Narcity that they had stopped separating passengers into vaccinated and unvaccinated lines.
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