The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has identified 14 more flights exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) coming into or out of Vancouver.
The BCCDC is warning recent airline passengers of the exposures and encourages recent flyers to check the public health agency's website for updates about identified flights. Those travelling from outside of Canada, meanwhile, must arrive prepared with a 14-day self-isolation plan.
On March 1, Vancouver Is Awesome shared two Vancouver flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.
Since then, the following 14 flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:
- March 1, Flair 8822, Vancouver to Calgary (Affected rows 17-23)
- Feb. 28: Air Canada/Jazz 8069, Vancouver to Victoria (Affected rows 13-19)
- Feb. 28: Air India 185, Delhi to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
- Feb. 26: Air Canada 223, Calgary to Vancouver (Affected rows 12-18)
- Feb. 26: Air Canada/Jazz 8240, Vancouver to Terrace (Affected rows 8-14)
- Feb. 25, EVA Air 9, Vancouver to Taipei (Affected rows 18-24)
- Feb. 24: Air Canada 311, Montreal to Vancouver (Affected rows 24-30)
- Feb. 24, Air Canada 45, Delhi to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
- Feb. 24, Pacific Coastal Airlines 8P1538, Kelowna to Victoria (Affected rows not reported)
- Feb. 23, Swoop 182, Abbotsford to Edmonton (Affected rows 9-15)
- Feb. 22: Pacific Coastal Airlines 8P1543, Victoria to Vancouver (Affected rows not reported)
- Feb. 21: Delta 3702, Seattle to Vancouver (Affected rows 2-8)
- Feb. 20: Air Canada 114, Vancouver to Toronto (Affected rows 30-35)
- Feb. 15: Air Canada 127, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows 33-39)
Things to consider as a Canadian booking travel in 2021
If you're wondering when it will be safe to travel again, you are far from alone.
When it is safe to travel again, there will be several changes to consider. If you've had to fly anywhere recently, you're probably already aware of some of them.
Last month, Transport Minister Marc Garneau issued an Interim Order formalizing the new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming into Canada.
Now, everyone entering Canada--by land or air--will need to have proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19.
That said, not all testing facilities are created equal, and you could be denied boarding if you carry a questionable document.
And you could also be fined up to $5,000.
So, before you depart on your next flight, consider the risks involved, and determine if you'll be able to acquire a credible document.
The government will also require entrants to Canada to quarantine in a hotel on arrival. If travellers test negative for COVID-19 after three days, they will be allowed to quarantine at home, albeit under increased surveillance.
- With files from Tyler Orton and Elana Shepert