The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is warning airline passengers they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on multiple recent Vancouver flights.
On June 7, Vancouver Is Awesome shared 12 Vancouver flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.
Since then, the following 11 new flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:
- May 28, Air Canada/Jazz 8567, Regina to Vancouver (Rows 12 - 17)
- May 31, Air Canada/Jazz 8550, Vancouver to Regina (Rows 23 - 27)
- June 3, Turkish Airlines 75, Istanbul to Vancouver (Rows 29 - 35)
- June 3, Philippine Airlines 166, Manila to Vancouver (Rows 51 - 57)
- June 4, Air Canada/Jazz 8408, Vancouver to Kelowna (Rows 12 - 18)
- June 6, Air Canada/Jazz 8421, Kelowna to Vancouver (Rows 4 - 10)
- June 6, Air Canada 553, Los Angeles to Vancouver (Rows 1 - 4)
- June 6, Turkish Airlines 75, Istanbul to Vancouver (Rows 9 - 15)
- June 6: American Airlines 1415, Dallas to Vancouver (Rows 2 - 4)
- June 7: American Airlines 1415, Dallas to Vancouver (Rows 28 - 34)
- June 8: WestJet 119, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 1 - 4)
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.