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.
Last week, Vancouver Is Awesome shared 38 Vancouver flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.
Since then, the following 32 new flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:
- Apr 18, Air Canada 224, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 21-27)
- Apr 18, Air Canada/Jazz 8066, Victoria to Vancouver (Rows 10-16)
- April 21, Central Mountain Air 9M9341, Vancouver to Terrace (Rows not reported)
- April 23, United Airlines 5689, San Francisco to Vancouver (Rows not reported
- Apr 25, WestJet 126, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 2-8)
- April 25, WestJet 136, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 3-9)
- April 26, Air Canada 215, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 12-18)
- Apr 27, Air Canada 306, Vancouver to Montreal (Rows 18-24)
- April 28, Air Canada/Jazz 8188, Fort St. John to Vancouver (Rows 3-9)
- April 28, Air Canada/Jazz 8261, Vancouver to Nanaimo (Rows 2-8)
- April 28, Air Canada/Jazz 8420, Vancouver to Kelowna (Rows 1-7)
- April 28, WestJet 139, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 1-7)
- Apr 29, Air Canada 128, Vancouver to Toronto (Rows 31-37)
- April 29, WestJet 115, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 15-21)
- April 29, WestJet 136, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 17-23)
- Apr 29, Air Canada 293, Fort St. John to Vancouver (Rows 21-27)
- May 1, Air France 74, Paris to Vancouver (Rows 23-28)
- May 1: Air Canada 305, Montreal to Vancouver (Rows 12-15)
- May 1, Air Canada 301, Montreal to Vancouver (Rows 1-5)
- May 1, WestJet 129, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 9-15)
- May 2: Air Canada 213, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 33-37)
- May 2, Air Canada 4, Narita to Vancouver (Rows 18-23)
- May 2, Air Canada 214, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 29-35)
- May 2, Air Canada/Jazz 8618, Vancouver to Winnipeg (Rows 18-23)
- May 3: WestJet 129, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 1-7)
- May 3: Harbour Air Seaplanes 611, Vancouver to Nanaimo (Rows not reported
- May 4, Air Canada 103, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 26-30)
- May 4: Air Canada 213, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 33-37)
- May 4, WestJet 115, Calgary to Vancouver (Rows 1-5)
- May 6: Air Canada 247, Edmonton to Vancouver (Rows 21-27
- May 7: WestJet 162, Vancouver to Edmonton (Rows 12-18)
- May 8: AeroMexico 697, Vancouver to Mexico City (Rows not reported)
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.