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Travelling via Vancouver Airport this weekend? Here's what you need to know

YVR has listed a catalogue of tips for people travelling through the airport over the Canada Day lonog weekend
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Vancouver International Airport is expecting more than 70,000 passengers a day over the Canada Day long weekend

If you’re planning on flying out of YVR this Canada Day long weekend then the airport has issued a list of tips to make your travel plans as stress-free as possible.

Vancouver International Airport is expecting to welcome upwards of 70,000 passengers a day over the first holiday weekend of the summer, making it the airport’s busiest long weekend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airport is expecting Friday, July 1 and Sunday, July 3 to be the peak days for travel and, across any given day, early-to-mid morning will be the heaviest for passenger flow with volume easing late morning and into the afternoon before peaking again in the evening.

YVR continues to advise travellers to arrive approximately two hours ahead of domestic flights, and three hours prior for international flights.

Have a plan before you fly out of YVR

The airport also advises that you:

• Have a parking plan. If you’re driving to the airport, here are four ways to park at YVR;

• Know before you go. Be sure to understand the entry requirements of your destination. Have your travel documents, including your passport and proof of vaccination and test results if required, ready before you check-in for your flight. Learn more about testing options at YVR;

• Follow latest health measures. Masks continue to be required in the terminal and onboard your flight;

Check YVR security wait times

• Be prepared for passenger screening. Be patient as CATSA staff are doing their best under very busy and challenging circumstances and be prepared to help agents move you through screening as efficiently as possible. Ensure liquids, gels and aerosols are in containers that are under 100 millilitres and are packaged into one transparent, closed, and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than one litre. Check the full list of CATSA requirements here;

Through its website, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) provides travellers with useful information for pre-board screening, including tips for packing of carry-on bags and advice for families, seniors, and those with special needs. CATSA also provides information on pre-board screening wait times.

Passengers arriving in Canada:

• ArriveCAN continues to be mandatory for all travellers to Canada. Travellers arriving at YVR can include their customs declaration information through the updated ArriveCAN app thereby speeding up their processing. More information can be found here.

More information on travel to Canada can be found here.