New Transport Canada guidelines have extended the implementation of temperature screening protocols for passengers departing from nearly a dozen more airports, including Victoria.
As of July 9, air operators began temperature screening all passengers travelling to Canada from the U.S. or any international point of departure.
This measure was extended to travellers departing from Calgary, Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver airports as of July 30.
Now, on August 21, Transport Canada has announced that temperature screening at departure has been extended to the following airports:
- Toronto—Billy Bishop
- Québec City
- St. John’s
As the regulation stands, temperature checks at these airports will be conducted until September 30, 2020.
Passengers who have a temperature of 38ºC or higher and do not have a medical certificate to explain a medical or physical condition that would explain a higher temperature are denied boarding and asked to rebook after 14 days.
Travellers who have symptoms of COVID-19, have been denied boarding in the past 14 days for COVID-19 related reasons, or who are the subject of a local health order are also denied boarding.
Those who refuse to answer questions related to the health check, refuse to have their temperatures taken, or refuse to wear a mask or face covering are also not allowed to board flights.
Providing false or misleading declarations at the departure gate at an airport during the pandemic could earn travellers a $5,000 fine.