How to ace March Break travel at Pearson

As many passengers may be travelling for the first time since the pandemic began, it’s important to know that the travel experience has changed. We’ve got a few tips to help make your journey easier: 

Departing

  • Make sure to arrive early. Passengers should arrive 90 minutes before a domestic flight and at least three hours before an international flight, including trips to the U.S. 
  • If you’re 12 years of age plus 4 months or older, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic or international flights departing from most airports in Canada, including charter and foreign airlines carrying commercial passengers.
  • Test at the airport with Switch Health and get your results before you fly. Conveniently book your appointment at the drive-through or in-person clinic, now open early morning and late night, by visiting switchhealth.ca/en/travel/pearson-departures/

Arriving

  • International passengers are encouraged to use the Advanced CBSA Declaration feature within ArriveCAN online to fill in their customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance of flying to save time when arriving to Canada. 
  • Due to government travel requirements, passengers arriving from international destinations will experience additional screening, health checks and potential delays. Passengers should be prepared for an arrivals process that may take significantly longer depending on their specific set of circumstances.

For more information on how you can prepare for March Break travel, visit our Travel Hub at torontopearson.com/travelhub.

Activities for March Break 

If you’ll be passing through our Terminals during March Break, you’ll find we have several food and beverage options available, from sit down restaurants to take-out offerings. You can also order ahead of time for pick up with Uber Eats to skip the line and reduce physical touchpoints, available in select restaurants. To find out what options are available while travelling, visit torontopearson.com/while-you-are-here

Many of our restaurants will be offering specials, and kids can enjoy the Plaza Premium Lounges for free with a paying adult. 

YYZ Live returns with live music in the terminals and colouring books will be available at all of our Information desks. 

Healthy Airport

The health and safety of everyone at Pearson is our top priority and our Healthy Airport program keeps passengers and employees protected throughout our terminals. 
Some of the many protective layers in place at the airport include: 

  • All passengers and airport employees must wear masks at all times in the airport, with limited exceptions.
  • We’ve improved air quality through enhancements to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in our terminals, including optimized flow and the installation of industry-approved air filters and UV-C arrays in select air handling units to kill pathogens. 
  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the terminals takes place continuously, with a focus on high-touch areas, including escalators, moving walkways, handrails, stairways, baggage carts, kiosks and bathrooms.
  • A variety of low- or no-touch processes are in place at the airport.
  • Be prepared to maintain a safe distance from others where possible, but know that the Government of Canada recognizes that in some areas of the airport, physical distancing may not be possible. In these cases, the Government of Canada suggests a layered approach with multiple protective measures—including mask wearing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and ventilation systems. Toronto Pearson’s globally recognized and accredited Healthy Airport program employs such an approach.

We wish everyone happy and safe travels for March Break!

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