Canadians who refuse to wear a mask on planes and at airports can be fined up to $ 5,000
Waiting times can be up to 3 hours
In a statement to Narcity, the airport revealed that international travelers can take up to three hours to complete the arrival process, so be prepared to wait.
“The international arrivals process – including clearance of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) screening, bag collection and a possible COVID test – 19 if a passenger is required to undergo a test by government regulation – can take up to 3 hours depending on a passenger’s specific circumstances, ”the statement read.
Long wait times are created by “necessary conditions” such as reduced crowds and improved screening protocols.
However, the airport says it strives to treat passengers as “efficiently” as possible.
Passengers may be forced to wait on planes after arriving
Pearson Airport reveals that due to capacity limitations on the number of people who can be in a room at a time, some passengers may need to stay on their aircraft after landing.
“If too many planes are arriving at the same time or arriving unexpectedly (sometimes flights arrive early, are delayed or are diverted from other airports), it can force the pilot to stay at the gate with passengers on board in order to that there are not too many people in the customs hall at the same time ”, one can read in the press release.
“In some cases, passengers may be asked to wait in a gate area or in the arrivals hall inside the airport to wait their turn in the customs hall.”
During the pandemic, the number of travelers allowed in customs halls is “considerably lower”.
Physical distancing is not always possible
Since July 5, the Canadian government has agreed that a physical distance of two meters is not always possible in some areas of the airport.
Instead, Pearson Airport will undergo the “layered” approach which includes “mask wear, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and ventilation systems.”
Expect delays during “rush hour”
International travelers should expect delays during peak hours, such as noon to late evening.
During these times, more and more flights are arriving, which increases the demand on the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Canada Border Services Agency.
However, Pearson is working hard to limit the number of delays international travelers face.
“We have reactivated the International-Domestic Connection (ITD) process, in cooperation with the CBSA and our airline partners. The ITD login process is for eligible arriving international passengers who log in to Canada, allowing them to complete the customs process faster and go directly to their next flight, ”the document said.
“We have also worked with our airlines to revise their gate assignments to redistribute arriving passengers between our two terminals, reducing congestion at peak times,” the airline said.
Luggage accumulation is possible
Pearson Airport has revealed that because customs processing times are longer, this can lead to a build-up of unclaimed baggage.
This means that your luggage can be removed from the carousels and moved elsewhere so that other luggage can be unloaded.
“When processing times in the customs hall are longer, there may be an accumulation of baggage in the baggage hall. When this happens, the bags are removed from the carousels and proactively organized so that when the passenger[s] after completing the customs process, they can collect their luggage while the other flights are unloaded on the carousel, ”the statement read.
International travelers must be fully vaccinated 14 days before
If you are an international traveler who wishes to enter Canada on or after September 7, you must be fully immunized for at least 14 days.
“As of September 7, the Government of Canada intends to open Canada’s borders to all fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the full cycle of vaccination with a vaccine accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior. enter Canada and meet specific entry requirements. “, we read in the press release.
According to the Government of Canada, accepted vaccines include Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.