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As Canada’s new travel guidelines take effect, here’s what Toronto Pearson wants you to know

Toronto Pearson wants you to know about Canada's new travel guidelines.

Key Takeaways:

  • The country’s largest airport said the reforms, which took effect Monday, have “encouraged” it as travel restrictions are eased.
  • According to Gass, passengers traveling into Toronto Pearson should know that completing travel and health data on ArriveCAN is still a government requirement.

As Canada’s travel restrictions lessen, the country’s largest airport says it is “encouraged” by the changes, which took effect on Monday.

The federal govt has terminated the requirement for proof of vaccination for domestic and international outbound passengers, allowing unvaccinated travelers to board planes once more.

As long waits and huge queues continue to plague Toronto Pearson International Airport, Tori Gass, a spokesperson for the airport, calls this action a “step in the right direction.” While more people will be able to vacation, more workers will be able to return to work.

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“As the hectic summer travel season takes up, we expect [this] will continue to improve passenger wait times,” Gass said in a release to CTV News Toronto on Monday.

Meanwhile, with the gov’t simultaneously dropping the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for transportation workers who have been “waiting on the sidelines” due to the policy, the airport will have a more hands-on deck.

“This is an encouraging step in a scenario when we could use every skilled and capable body to support our recovery,” Gass added.

According to airport officials, domestic passengers should come at least two hours before their trip, while international passengers should arrive three hours ahead of their flight.

Toronto Pearson wants you to know about Canada's new travel guidelines.
Toronto Pearson wants you to know about Canada’s new travel guidelines. Image form CBC News

Pearson has issued the following travel advice to help speed up security lines:

  • Make sure your boarding pass is ready to be inspected.
  • Wear easy-to-remove outerwear and apparel that doesn’t contain any metal.
  • Coins, keys, and metal goods should be in your carry-on bag.
  • Ensure liquids, aerosols, and gels are contained in 100ml or smaller containers.
  • At security, place your laptop in the bin with nothing on top or underneath it.
  • Ensure all cell phones and tablets are taken out of the luggage and placed in a bin.

Passengers flying into Toronto Pearson should be aware that completing travel and health data on ArriveCAN remains a government mandate, according to Gass.

Airport officials advised passengers to fill out their customs and immigration declarations for up to 72 hours before traveling to save time.

Source: CTV news

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