The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning airline passengers they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on several recent Vancouver flights.
Over the weekend, Vancouver Is Awesome shared a whopping 64 B.C. flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.
Since then, the following 12 new flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:
- Apr. 2: WestJet 3325, Kelowna to Vancouver
- Apr. 3: Air Canada 7, Vancouver to Hong Kong
- Apr. 4: American Airlines 392, Vancouver to Dallas
- Apr. 4: WestJet 3320, Vancouver to Kelowna
- Apr. 8: WestJet 139, Calgary to Vancouver
- Apr. 9: Air Canada 215, Calgary to Vancouver
- Apr. 11: Delta Airlines 3702, Seattle to Vancouver
- Apr. 11: Air Canada 224, Vancouver to Calgary
- Apr. 13: Air Canada 224, Vancouver to Calgary
- Apr. 14: Air Canada 8543, Regina to Vancouver
- Apr. 14: Air India 185, Delhi to Vancouver
- Apr. 16: Air Canada 45, Delhi to Vancouver
Any travellers returning to B.C. are encouraged to check the public health agency's website for updates about flights identified for the risk of exposure.
Currently, the Government of Canada states that you should avoid all travel outside of the country until further notice due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In a global travel advisory, the government notes that "This advisory overrides other risk levels on this page, with the exception of any risk levels for countries or regions where we advise to avoid all travel."
Coronavirus: What to expect if you arrive in Canada via plane
Travellers entering Canada by air need to book a hotel for a three-night stay upon arrival. They also need to provide a negative result for a COVID-19 molecular test taken within a 72-hour timeframe of their scheduled flight.
All hotels are located near one of the four Canadian airports currently accepting international flights. These accommodations are privately owned and authorized by the Government of Canada.
Some of the hotels offer direct online booking for government-authorized accommodation. For all others, identify that you require accommodation for the COVID-19 mandatory three-night stopover to ensure you are booked correctly.
While in quarantine travellers will have three meals delivered to their rooms but hotel personnel are not permitted inside. Guests will be provided with cleaning supplies.
Find out more information about what to expect during your stay at a government-authorized hotel.