BCCDC identifies 13 new Vancouver flights for potential COVID-19 exposure

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The Government of Canada states that you should avoid all travel outside of the country until further notice due to the novel coronavirus pandemic

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has added 13 more B.C. flights to its list of public COVID-19 exposures.

On Monday, Vancouver Is Awesome updated a previous list of Vancouver flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.

The public health agency published a new list on Dec. 21 and 22 warning passengers who travelled aboard the following flights that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus earlier this month:

Dec. 9: KLM 681, Amsterdam to Vancouver (Affected rows 6-9)
Dec. 9: WestJet 3320, Vancouver to Kelowna (Affected rows 15-19)
Dec. 12: Air Canada 103, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows 32-38)
Dec. 13: Air Canada 123, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows 2-6)
Dec. 14: Air Canada 241, Edmonton to Vancouver (Affected rows 23-29)
Dec. 14: Air Canada 8414, Vancouver to Kelowna (Affected rows 13-19)
Dec. 15: WestJet 129, Calgary to Vancouver (Affected rows 1-4)
Dec. 15: Air Canada 855, London to Vancouver (Affected rows 34-40)
Dec. 15: Air Canada 8265, Vancouver to Nanaimo (Affected rows 5-11)
Dec. 16: WestJet 3323, Kelowna to Vancouver (Affected rows 1-7)
Dec. 16: Air Canada 311, Montreal to Vancouver (Affected rows 17-23)
Dec. 18: Air Canada 121, Toronto to Vancouver (Affected rows 18-21)
Dec. 19: WestJet 2153, Puerto Vallarta to Vancouver (Affected rows 5-11)
Pre and post-travel considerations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
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.”

With this in mind, if you do have to travel for an essential purpose, there are several things to keep in mind before you fly. As of Nov. 21, air travellers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before they board their flight. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless exempted under conditions set out in the Mandatory Isolation Order), and COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Travellers must be ready to show their ArriveCAN receipt when seeking entry into Canada; a border services officer will verify that they have submitted their information digitally.

Travellers who do not submit the required information digitally before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warnings to a $1,000 fine. However, exceptions will be made for those unable to submit documents electronically “due to personal circumstances, such as a disability or inadequate infrastructure.”

Check out our previous coverage about Canada’s new travel requirements.

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