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Temperature screenings for departing passengers

As part of the federal government’s response to COVID-19, passengers departing from Pearson (as well as Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary) will have their temperature taken by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).

Temperature screenings are being managed by CATSA following Transport Canada’s new regulations. Temperature screening will be done at a CATSA screening station as passengers approach the security checkpoint. Some countries require that temperatures be taken by airlines prior to boarding, so passengers should be prepared for a second temperature check by their airline.

If a person’s temperature is at or above 38˚C—the threshold set by Transport Canada—they will be invited to undergo a second temperature reading after 10 minutes.

If the second reading is still 38˚C or greater, and the passenger doesn’t have a medical certificate to explain a medical or physical condition that would result in an elevated temperature, they will not be allowed to continue their travel and will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

More information is available from Transport Canada as well as CATSA.

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