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BCCDC identifies multiple new Vancouver flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

This list of flights with confirmed cases of the virus continues to grow.
On June 28, 2021, the BCCDC warned airline passengers they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on multiple recent Vancouver flights. Photo: People wearing face masks on a plane / Getty Images

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 21, Vancouver Is Awesome shared 13 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:

  • June 15, Air Canada 204, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 21 - 27)
  • June 15, Air Canada/Jazz 8543, Winnipeg to Vancouver (Rows 20 - 26)
  • June 17, Philippine Airlines 116, Manila to Vancouver (Rows 55 - 61)
  • June 17: Japan Airlines 18, Tokyo to Vancouver (Rows 1 - 3)
  • June 20: Air Canada 8093, Vancouver to Seattle (Rows 8 - 14)
  • June 21: Air Canada 8090, Seattle to Vancouver (Rows 3 - 9)
  • June 23: Aeromexico Flight 696, Mexico City to Vancouver (Rows 13 - 19)

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. 

Starting July 5, fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine upon arrival. Find out everything you need to know if you are fully vaccinated