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BCCDC identifies multiple 16 new Vancouver flights for possible COVID-19 exposure

This list of flights with confirmed cases of the virus continues to grow.
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On July 5, 2021, the BCCDC warned airline passengers they may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) on multiple recent Vancouver flights. Photo: People wearing masks at the airport / 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 11 Vancouver flights that were added to the list of potential COVID-19 public exposures.

Since then, the following 16 new flights have been added to the BCCDC's list of affected flights:

  • June 18, Air Canada 129, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 12 - 17)
  • June 19: United Airlines 5689, San Francisco to Vancouver 18 - 24)
  • June 20: WestJet 724, Vancouver to Toronto (Rows 3 - 9)
  • June 20: Air Canada Flight 234, Vancouver to Edmonton (Rows 18 - 24)
  • June 21: WestJet 170, Vancouver to Edmonton (Rows 12 - 18)
  • June 21: Air Canada Flight 103, Toronto to Vancouver (Rows 34 - 40)
  • June 22: Air Canada 3, Vancouver to Tokyo (Rows 20 - 26)
  • June 22: Air Canada 8122, Portland to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • June 24: Philippine Airlines 116, Manila to Vancouver (Rows 35 - 41)
  • June 24: Air Canada 64, Seoul to Vancouver (Rows 36 - 42)
  • June 25: American Airlines Flight 1415, Dallas to Vancouver (Rows 28 - 33)
  • June 25, Aeromexico 696, Mexico City to Vancouver (Rows not reported)
  • June 26: Air France Flight 74, Paris to Vancouver (Rows 32 - 38)
  • June 26: WestJet 100, Vancouver to Calgary (Rows 6 - 12)
  • June 28, All Nippon Airways 116, Tokyo to Vancouver (Rows 21 - 25)
  • July 1: WestJet 3327, Kelowna to Vancouver (Rows 7 - 13)

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 

Unvaccinated 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 do not have to quarantine upon arrival. Find out everything you need to know if you are fully vaccinated