Travel Tips & Tricks

Take the time to plan your journey at the airport

Here are some tips to prepare your trip with confidence.

Before leaving

COVID-19 related tips

  • Consult the Travel Advice and Advisories page of your destination to know its entry and exit requirements.
  • Travellers departing from a Canadian airport must be fully vaccinated. To learn more, visit the Government of Canada’s website.
  • If you need to complete a COVID-19 molecular or antigenic test, one can be done at YUL. It is preferable to book the test.
  • Make sure you have a copy of your COVID-19 test results, when necessary.

Other tips

  • Visit the CATSA website for details on what is permitted in your luggage. Keeping security standards in mind when preparing your checked or carry-on luggage facilitates your passage through security check points!
  • Use the Mobile Passport Control app to submit your passport information and customs declaration before entering the United States.
  • Complete your check-in on your phone, at one of our touchless kiosks, or online. Most airlines operating at YUL offer the possibility to check-in online up to 24 hours in advance through their mobile app or website.
  • Make sure you have all your travel documents on hand: plane tickets, valid passport, visa, etc.
  • Arrive at least 3 hours prior to your flight departure, whether you are traveling internationally, to the United States or domestically, and make sure to plan your transit to the airport accordingly. Follow the link to the access page to determine the best option according to your needs.
  • Consult Québec 511, to adequately plan your travels to and from the airport.
  • Pre-book your parking spot. When you arrive at the selected parking location, scan the QR code from a printed or electronic copy of your parking confirmation email. The system will recognize your reservation and will confirm access. Upon your return, follow the same steps to leave the parking.
  • It is possible to get real-time flight status updates and alerts by text message (SMS) for flight schedule changes of over 10 minutes. To subscribe from your cellphone, simply text your flight number to 23636. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • Reserve your Foreign Currency.
  • Reserve your spot at the VIP National Bank Lounge (only available to international travellers).
  • Relax at the Desjardins Odyssey Lounge before catching your flight (only available to international travellers with a Desjardins card).

Once you arrive at YUL

  • Take advantage of the many shops at YUL, like the Duty Free, and its wide range of restaurant options. 
  • If you need adapted services, we can assist you in making your journey at the airport a more pleasant one.


Returning home

COVID-19 related tips

Other tips

  • Within 72 hours of your arrival to Canada, be sure to submit your travel information through the ArriveCAN mobile application. You will need to provide information about your trip, your quarantine plan and complete a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment test.
  • To save time at border control, use the CanBorder mobile application to fill your declaration.
  • Take advantage of our baggage porter service located on the international carousel level.

Picking up passengers

  • The CellParc parking lot is free and allows you to wait in peace in your car. Once the person you are picking up has arrived, you could pick them up at the drop-off area.


For all other questions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), consult our Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19).

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