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Travellers Separated by Vaccination Status at Airports

As pandemic restrictions ease, international passengers arriving at Toronto Pearson Airport and Vancouver International Airport will now be separated by vaccination status before heading through customs.

Officials at Pearson airport said the decision was implemented to help streamline border clearance, as there are different entry requirements for vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers.

Vancouver International Airport has begun separating arrivals by vaccination status, installing signs directing travellers into separate customs lines.

These measures come as the federal government lifted the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, as well as the airport hotel quarantine, for Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to Canada who can provide proof that they’re fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Canadian travellers will still be subject to the existing quarantine requirements.

The same policies will also apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who will be allowed to enter Canada starting Aug. 9th.

With Canadian border service agents asking for proof of vaccination for inbound travellers to Canada, it’s further raised the question of whether Canada should issue vaccine passports or certificates.

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