We understand there is increasing concern about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) among travellers, employees and the public. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19. Please find links to useful additional information below.

Recent Travel Updates from the Government of Canada

March 30 – Government of Canada announces new domestic transportation measures

In order to manage the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada has announced new restrictions for air travel. All air operators are now required to:

  • Conduct a health check of travellers before they board a flight within Canada or departing from Canada, based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Refuse boarding to any passenger that presents COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Notify travellers that they may be subject to provincial or territorial measures at their final destination.

March 25 – New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada

The Government of Canada announced that as of midnight, all travellers returning to Canada will be subject to a mandatory self-isolation period of 14 days according to provisions under the Quarantine Act. This will not apply to essential workers.

March 20 – Prime Minister announces temporary border agreement with the United States

The Government of Canada announced that Canada and the United States have agreed to temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border. This collaborative and reciprocal measure between Canada and the United States will restrict non-essential travel across the border, including for tourism and recreation.

March 16 – Prime Minister announces new actions under Canada’s COVID-19 response

All incoming travellers, despite country of origin, will be asked by Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers if they are experiencing symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing or fever. They also will need to acknowledge that they are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days if they’re arriving from any international location.

The Government of Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.  There will be exceptions for air crew, diplomats and immediate family members of citizens.

The Government of Canada announced new restrictions around air travel to Canada, including a limit on the number of airports accepting international flights in order to enhance screening.

What Hamilton International Airport is Doing

As health and safety is our top priority, Hamilton International is supporting public health practices with additional measures, to enable our passengers, tenants and employees to be vigilant about their health, including:

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas throughout the terminal.
  • Informational posters displayed throughout the building, reminding travellers of the precautionary measures they can take to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Treating high-traffic areas and surfaces of the terminal with an anti-microbial shield which kills 99% of germs and remains active to control and prevent the growth of microorganisms. Application commenced on March 17 and was completed on March 20.

Useful Links

Government of Canada

As the lead agency responsible for the response to COVID-19, PHAC is your best resource for the most up to date information on COVID-19.

For the latest Canadian government travel advice and advisories, visit its destination page: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

Ontario https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-4

City of Hamilton https://www.hamilton.ca/public-health/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Airline Advisories

Please review your airline’s travel advisory prior to travel.

Air Transat  https://www.airtransat.com/en-CA/travel-information/coronavirus

Sunwing  https://www.sunwing.ca/en/promotion/packages/travel-advisory/

Swoop https://www.flyswoop.com/coronavirus/

WestJet  https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/travel-info/coronavirus

Hamilton International Airport Service Summary

Domestic schedule subject to change without notice. Please confirm flight dates and times with your airline prior to departure.

Domestic Route Airline Frequency
Hamilton-Abbotsford Swoop 4x weekly
Hamilton-Calgary WestJet 4x weekly
Hamilton-Edmonton Swoop 4x weekly
Hamilton-Halifax Swoop 4x weekly
Hamilton-Winnipeg Swoop 3x weekly

Please refer to the links below regarding international and transborder service from Hamilton International Airport.

March 17
Sunwing refocuses operations on repatriating Canadians

March 18
Transat announces a gradual suspension of its flights

March 19
Swoop suspends all international and transborder flights

What You Can Do

To reduce the spread of coronavirus, PHAC recommends following the same precautionary measures as you would to help prevent the spread of cold or flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
  • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands to avoid germ transfer.

Last Updated: March 30, 2020