At John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, health and safety is our top priority. We understand there is increasing concern about COVID-19 among travellers, employees and the public. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to assess the public health risk associated with COVID-19. Our goal is to provide you with regular updates on operations at Hamilton International as we continue to monitor developments within the community and our industry.

Vaccination Requirements for Travellers Departing Canadian Airports

Requirement for vaccinations suspended for domestic and outbound travel

  • As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane in Canada.
  • This change does not affect border measures that require all travellers entering Canada to continue following entry requirements, including vaccination.
  • Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane.

Entry requirements remain for travel to Canada from abroad

  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents returning from international destinations who do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption continue to be required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, remain subject to Day 1 and Day 8 molecular testing, and quarantine for 14 days.
  • In addition, all travellers entering Canada are required to input their mandatory information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. Travellers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may be subject to Day 1, Day 8 molecular testing, quarantine for 14 days, and to fines or other enforcement actions, regardless of their vaccination status.

For more information on the suspension of the mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travellers, please click here.

Air Terminal Building Policies in Effect

Face Covering Requirements

The Government of Canada requires that all travellers wear a removable face mask to cover their mouth, nose, and chin throughout their entire travel journey to prevent the inadvertent spread of COVID-19. It is mandatory for all persons entering Hamilton International to wear a face covering or non-medical mask. Transport Canada has updated its requirements for face coverings at all Canadian airports. The following types of masks are not permitted:

  • Face coverings with exhalation valves or vents;
  • Bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters;
  • Mesh and lace masks; and
  • Face shields only (without a mask).

The following persons are exempt from the requirement to wear a non-medical mask or face covering: Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons, children under two years old (or up to five years old if the child refuses), and other reasonable accommodations.

Terminal Access

All persons entering the terminal building will be restricted to using the designated ‘Departures’ entrance near check-in. Exit from the building is permitted from any of the doors.

What Hamilton International Airport is Doing

Hamilton International is continually examining each step of the traveller journey through our facility and have implemented a number of new and enhanced health and safety measures to ensure you have a comfortable and convenient travel experience from the time you park your car to the time you board your aircraft. Health and safety measures include:

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in high-traffic areas throughout the terminal.
  • Anti-microbial shield treatment applied on frequent touch points to prevent the growth of microorganisms.
  • Increased audio and visual messaging communicating health and safety reminders.
  • Installation of acrylic protective barriers at communication points such as check-in counters and boarding gates.
  • Increased touchless hand sanitizing stations deployed throughout the Airport.
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Hamilton International Airport has also achieved accreditation under the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation program for its commitment to prioritizing health and safety measures. This accreditation demonstrates that Hamilton International’s ongoing efforts to protect travellers, employees, and business partners are in alignment with industry best practices and global standards.

ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation program is designed to help reassure the travelling public and stakeholders that airport facilities remain safe and that appropriate precautions are being taken to reduce any risk to their health. ACI’s evaluation process assesses the new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) and industry priorities. Areas of assessment for accreditation include cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing (where feasible and practical), staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications, and passenger facilities.

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.

Airline Advisories & Additional Resources

Please review your airline’s advisory and additional resources prior to travel.


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, please visit its destination page: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

For COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance for aviation issued by Transport Canada, please visit: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc/aviation.html 

For information related to travelling between provinces/territories, please visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/provinces

Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

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

Web Page Last Updated: June 20, 2022