What people flying at Toronto Pearson need to know about the new travel rules

Travelers flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport will soon no longer need to show proof of vaccination or wear a face mask.

The federal government announced Monday that it is removing all COVID-19 border restrictions under the Quarantine Act for anyone entering Canada at the end of the month.

As of October 1, foreign nationals will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the country and unvaccinated Canadians will no longer have to self-isolate when they return home.

There will no longer be mandatory random COVID-19 testing for travelers arriving at the international airport. Submitting public health information through the ArriveCan app will be optional and wearing a face mask will no longer be required at the airport or on a flight.

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA), which governs operations at Toronto Pearson Airport, said it was pleased with the announcement and hoped it would “ensure Canada resumes its globally competitive ranking as a travel and tourism hub.”

“Our industry faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic due to the strict health measures and regulations that affected operations,” said spokeswoman Michelle Silva.

“Toronto Pearson and its industry partners continue to focus on improving the passenger experience at airports, and we look forward to working with our government partners to address systemic challenges in the airline industry, including labor shortages, modernization of border processes and the immediate reopening of the Nexus registration center.”

Silva added that while it is too early to tell how these changes will affect the overall experience at Pearson Airport, he believes the biggest change will come from the removal of the ArriveCAN app. This could lead to faster customs processing, he said.

All summer long, customers flying through Toronto Pearson Airport complained of long lines, lost luggage and flight delays.

In JD Power’s annual customer satisfaction survey, which was released last week, Pearson ranks among the top five worst airports in North America. This was based on factors such as terminal facilities, airport arrival and departure, baggage claim, and security checks.

Both the GTAA and the Mississauga Board of Trade have long called for an end to COVID-19 border measures, arguing that the extra precautions were slowing down operations amid staffing challenges and businesses in the area were shrinking. being negatively affected.

Trevor McPherson, president and CEO of the Mississauga Board of Trade, said he welcomes Canada’s lifting of travel requirements due to COVID-19.

“The international community has recognized that we are now in a different phase of the pandemic and therefore we are pleased that Canada’s travel health policies are now in line with those of the international community,” it said in a statement.

“As we move forward, it is critical that any new measures related to the pandemic are informed by the latest available science and that ineffective mandates that present significant challenges to people, businesses and international visitors are avoided at all costs.”

Leave a Comment