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.

New Vaccination Requirements for Travellers Departing Canadian Airports

Mandatory Vaccination to Board

Starting October 30, 2021, if you are 12 years of age or older, you will need to be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic or international flights departing from airports in Canada.

To board your flight, if you are 12 years of age or older, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
    • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 days prior to the day you travel
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 1, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14-day condition
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • bring official proof of vaccination with you for your trip

Exceptions to the Vaccine Requirement – Show Molecular Test Results During Transition Period

From October 30, 2021, to November 29, 2021, there will be a short transition period when travellers who don’t yet qualify as fully vaccinated will be able to travel if they can show a valid COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure time. Antigen (or rapid) tests will not be accepted.

Starting November 30, 2021, all travellers must be fully vaccinated, with very limited exceptions to address specific situations such as emergency travel, and those medically unable to be vaccinated. More specific details on these exceptions will be provided, following consultation and engagement with stakeholders.

The Government of Canada advises all persons planning to travel to and within Canada to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Travellers should make plans now to ensure they are fully vaccinated before November 30. This will ensure they are able to travel by air, VIA rail or Rocky Mountaineer trains.

Useful Resources

Travellers are strongly advised to visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying for the most up-to-date information, including the limited options for exceptions to this new Government of Canada mandate.

Government of Canada announces additional Canadian airports accepting international passenger flights

On November 2, Transport Canada made an important announcement in support of Canada’s airport recovery. As a next step in increasing travel opportunities, Transport Canada is easing the restriction on international flight arrivals. The department is expanding the scope of the existing Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that currently directs international passenger flights into 10 Canadian airports.

Effective November 30, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land and disembark at eight additional Canadian airports, including John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Southbound flights are not affected by these restrictions and continue to operate.

Air Terminal Building Policies in Effect

Face Covering Requirements

The Government of Canada requires that all travellers have a removable face mask to cover their mouth, nose and chin 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 at all times. 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

Only travellers and employees on duty (including business partners serving travellers) are permitted to access the terminal building. We kindly ask that all other visitors, including those picking up or dropping off travellers, to refrain from entering the building. Exceptions are made for:

  • Individuals assisting unaccompanied minors and/or persons with disabilities;
  • Visitors who have been granted access by the Operations Centre;
  • Individuals operating business at the Airport (such as car rental services); and
  • Individuals accessing ‘grab and go’ food and beverage offerings (such as Tim Hortons).

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 floor decals to encourage proper physical distancing in all queuing zones.
  • 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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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.
Information regarding COVID-19 impacted flights in our network can also be accessed using the links below.

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: December 6, 2021