If you are planning to come to Canada by using Toronto Pearson International Airport, it is helpful to read this article. As of September 7, Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers. However, there are some situations that passengers may encounter at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
OVER 3 HOURS WAITING TIME
Waiting time at Toronto Pearson Airport can take more than 3 hours for passengers. This is because proceedings with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) take long.
Another reason for this period is to prevent accumulation and crowd the number of passengers and fulfill the necessary screening protocols. The procedures related to screening for COVID-19 and, if necessary, testing for COVID-19 also extend the waiting time of passengers.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO WAIT A LONG TIME ON THE PLANE
Even after arrival at the airport, passengers might have to stay inside the plane as the capacity inside the airport is limited to maintain physical distancing. In some scenarios, passengers can also be asked to wait in the departure gate area to reduce the number of people in the customs hall.
The number of people waiting in the waiting areas at the airport can unexpectedly increase since it can be a delay, there are connecting flights, and too many planes arrive at the airport simultaneously. In such cases, passengers may be asked to wait on the plane.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING MAY NOT ALWAYS BE POSSIBLE
Although precautions such as waiting on the plane are taken, it is unfortunately not always possible to maintain physical distance. For this reason, it is aimed to take the necessary precautions to increase and implement the hygiene rules. It is always good to have a proactive approach when it comes to avoiding the crowd and protecting yourself whenever physical distancing is not possible.
DELAYS FOR FLIGHTS
Passengers are likely to encounter delays due to the frequency of flights during peak hours like noon and evening and holidays such as Thanksgiving. The increase in connecting flights due to COVID-19 compared to other years also causes delays in flights.
Pearson International Airport, which does not want passengers to suffer, continues its efforts to reduce these delays. The statement provided to Narcity by the airport mentions, "We have reactivated the International-to-Domestic (ITD) connection process, in cooperation with the CBSA and our airline partners. The ITD connection process is for eligible arriving international passengers that are connecting onwards in Canada, enabling them to complete the customs process faster and go directly to their next flight".
YOU MAY NOT FIND YOUR LUGGAGE IN THE CAROUSEL
Since the passengers have to do the customs clearance after the plane lands, and the processing times are longer than in the past due to the reasons explained above, they cannot go to collect their luggage for long periods of time. This is likely to result in luggage being piled up in the baggage hall and can be taken off the carousels for better management and creating space for other bags.
TRAVELLERS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED
From September 07, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers can travel to Canada for discretionary travel. The Government of Canada accepts Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines to date and may accept more in the upcoming days.
To be eligible to enter Canada, you must have received your last dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada. You are required to share proof of vaccination and should be uploaded digitally in the ArriveCAN app.
DIVIDED LINE UP
It was also observed that the international students and new immigrants are divided into separate lines for better management and processing.
CanBorder - eDeclaration MOBILE APP
It is advisable to use the CanBorder app to save time upon arrival in Canada as it allows you to declare your arrival and upload information for up to five travellers with the same place of residence and reduces processing time at a Primary Inspection Kiosk.
Travelling during these times is undoubtedly stressful, but with gradual uplifting on the restriction, it is definite to take some time to return to the pre-pandemic level. Despite all this long and tiring process, the fact that international flights are open to all fully vaccinated passengers is a pleasing event for those who have been waiting to come to Canada for a long time.
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