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Pearson & YVR Are U-Turning On Their Decision To Separate Passengers By Vaccination Status

The reversal was made just a few days after their decision went public.

After their initial decision made headlines across Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport have said that they will not have different lines for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

Beverly MacDonald, a spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, told Narcity that Toronto Pearson has come to the conclusion that separating vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers in different lines has a minimal effect on operational efficiency.

As of July 26, this practice will no longer be performed at Pearson and entry into Canada requirements based on vaccination status will be enforced once a passenger gets to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer.

Melanie Belanger-Finn with the Vancouver Airport Authority told Narcity that passengers entering YVR from the U.S. or any other international destination won't be separated based on their vaccination status before they reach customs.

Having different lines for vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers was meant to "streamline the border clearance process" because each group has different requirements. However, Belanger-Finn said that the lines didn't make the passenger flow smoother or faster.

"As more vaccinated passengers than expected are entering the country, we need the full use of the customs hall and assets," Belanger-Finn explained.

Although some travel restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans are set to be eased in August, CBSA is still warning people to avoid non-essential travel from the U.S. to Canada for the time being.

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

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Canadians Who Refuse To Wear A Mask On Planes & In Airports Can Get Fined Up To $5K

The rule applies to all travellers flying to and within Canada. 😷

If you're preparing to catch a flight this fall, now is a good time to brush up on Canada's travel restrictions.

In a notice shared on September 21, Transport Canada reminded passengers that face coverings must be worn in all Canadian airports and on all planes flying to and within the country.

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Canada’s Travel Restrictions Will Officially Stay In Place Until At Least November 21

Existing border measures and entry requirements will be sticking around.👇

Canada's existing travel restrictions and entry requirements will remain in effect for another nine weeks, Health Canada has confirmed.

In a notice shared on Sunday, September 19, the government agency revealed that the country's current border measures will stay the same until November 21 at the earliest.

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Canada's Airports Want You To Remember These 5 Things Before You Fly This Fall

Some airports look pretty different now that international travellers are back!👇

Canada's travel rules have changed a lot over the past year and there are several things the country's major airports want you to know before you take to the skies once again.

In addition to longer wait times, capacity limits and COVID-19 public health requirements, travellers should expect delays both on and off the plane.

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