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Measures in effect for travellers during the holiday season

21 December 2020, 13:34

Subject: Measures in effect for travellers during the holiday season

On March 18, YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport was designated by the Government of Canada as an airport authorized to receive aircraft from international destinations, on the same basis as airports in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

While it is still recommended by both federal and provincial authorities to avoid non-essential travel outside the country until further notice, there is certainly a little more activity in Canadian airports as the holiday season approaches.

ADM Aéroports de Montréal therefore wishes to reiterate the measures in place that must be respected by any passenger deciding to leave or return to the country.

Upon departure:

  • Many countries continue to impose strict travel restrictions. Be sure to check with your air carrier before going to the airport because security conditions can change rapidly. The Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism site also contains all the necessary information on entry and exit requirements for many countries.
  • Many destinations require a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 result to admit entry to their territory. If you are travelling to metropolitan France, it is possible to take a rapid screening test at YUL, upon reservation.
  • A temperature reading is taken at the three access doors of the terminal at YUL and at the security checkpoint. If you have a fever, you will be refused entry to the facilities. Wearing a mask is also mandatory at all times.
  • Finally, please note that in order to limit traffic inside, only travellers and employees will be allowed to enter the terminal.

Upon arrival:

  • Before boarding a plane to Canada, you will be required to use the ArriveCan application, through which you will need to provide your contact and travel information, your quarantine plan, and do a self-assessment of your COVID-19 symptoms. If you are not travelling with a smartphone, you have the option of submitting your information in advance by creating an online account.
  • Air carriers operating flights to Canada are required to conduct a basic health check of all airline passengers. Before boarding your flight, you will need to answer simple questions about your health. Air carriers are required to deny boarding to any passenger with COVID-19 symptoms for a period of 14 days and until the traveller demonstrates that he or she is symptom-free or until a medical certificate is presented confirming that the patient is not a carrier of the virus.
  • When you enter Canada, you are required to isolate or quarantine for 14 days, whether or not you have symptoms of COVID-19. A negative test result for COVID-19 at any time during your quarantine does not exempt you from the quarantine requirement unless you are part of an approved federal and provincial COVID-19 project. Failure to comply with the Emergency Order on Mandatory Isolation is an offence under the Quarantine Act and may result in a 6-month prison sentence and/or fines of up to $750,000.