Pearson Airport Wants Travellers To Know These Things After The Latest Travel Changes

The travel rules updated again on April 25!

Toronto Associate Editor
Inside Toronto Pearson Airport.

Inside Toronto Pearson Airport.

Tons of changes were made to Canada's travel rules, so you might want to keep these things in mind the next time you have a plane to catch at Toronto Pearson Airport.

As of Monday, April 25, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 years old who are travelling with a fully vaccinated parent, tutor or another guardian won't have to complete a pre-entry COVID-19 test to come to Canada.

Fully vaccinated travellers also don't have to have a quarantine plan when they enter, and they are no longer required to wear a mask for two weeks after they arrive.

"Restrictions are easing & more people are interested in air travel, but it's important to remember that additional @GovCanHealth checks are still in place at Canada's borders & the air travel experience is still much different than it was pre-pandemic," Toronto Pearson tweeted on Sunday.

The airport also added that they are experiencing a "peak" in scheduled arrivals and that flyers coming into the airport may have to wait on the plane or in a designated area to create a "safer space" for customs to process passengers.

How long passengers could wait on the plane really depends on the time of day and varies from day to day too, a spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority told Narcity. They said Pearson is working with their government agency partners and airlines to cut down how long passengers are being held on arrival.

"Typically, late afternoons and evenings are when we see an increased amount of international flights arriving at Pearson," Tori Gass said.

What advice is Pearson giving to its passengers at this time?

Pearson is still telling departing passengers to come to the airport at least 90 minutes before their domestic flight and three hours ahead of their international flight.

Gass also pointed out that international travellers still need to use ArriveCAN before landing in Canada.

"This is a requirement of the Government of Canada and will help speed up the customs process," Gass said.

This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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