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May 30, 2020
The safety and security of passengers, partner, employees and airport visitors is our top priority at all times. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our partners to implement new procedures and share information.
Victoria International Airport (YYJ) follows the directions provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). PHAC is the federal agency responsible for decisions and implementation of health-related screening at Canada’s ports of entry, including airports.
Enhanced screening measures have been in place at Canada’s major airports since January 22nd under the direction of PHAC, and those screening measures have been expanded and updated on an ongoing basis as the COVID-19 situation has evolved.
Current directives that are in effect include:
- All Canadians are asked to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
- All travellers returning to the country are required to self-isolate for 14-days upon entry, with exceptions for workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people.
- Canadians travelling domestically will not be allowed to board a flight if they show symptoms of COVID-19.
- Effective Monday April 20, all air passengers are required to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Travellers will be asked to cover their mouth and nose at security screening checkpoints and as directed by airline employees.
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): PHAC is the lead agency responsible for decisions about health-related screening of passengers at Canada's airports.
BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC): BC CDC is responsible for the local and provincial response to COVID-19.
For more information about the status of YYJ and links to additional resource links, please visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus page.