Travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport will be separated into two queues for Canadian customs – vaccinated people in one and non-vaccinated people or partially vaccinated people in another.

A spokesperson for the airport told the CBC this measure is intended to streamline the border clearance process. 

“There are different entry requirements for vaccinated and non-/partially vaccinated travellers, which have been broadly communicated by the Government of Canada,” airport spokesperson Beverly MacDonald said.

Travellers are asked to provide proof of vaccination in ArriveCan – the Government of Canada’s app for inbound travellers to log details such as quarantine plan, testing results, and symptom checks.

Vancouver International Airport has already implemented separate queues for travellers based on their vaccination status.

“For vaccinated passengers, if they meet the criteria of having had a Canadian-approved vaccine, at least 14 days prior to travel, then they don’t have to do the two weeks of quarantine upon arrival into Canada. Additionally, there’s no longer a government-approved hotel that they have to stay at,” Vancouver airport’s vice-president of passenger journey, Robyn McVicker, told CityNews.

The government recently announced that as of July 5, fully vaccinated Canadians are exempted from quarantine measures. Starting August 9, fully vaccinated US citizens are also able to enter Canada without quarantine measures.

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Harrison Faulkner is producer and journalist for True North based in Toronto.

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