Air Canada does not require masks on flights with its passengers. It is not compulsory but passengers can wear it for their personal convenience. Also, for passengers flying to Canada, the COVID vaccinations and mandatory testing is also removed.
All these new rules have been effective from the beginning of October 2022. While the mandates have been relaxed and lifted for passengers flying to Canada. Similar rules are not applicable to other countries.
Each country has its separate COVID policy and Air Canada needs to abide by the same. However, the majority of countries have relaxed the mandate to at least wear masks. While as precautionary actions, the negative test reports and other health documents might be still required.
The COVID virus impact has been declining around the world and so are the mandates. Masks are no more mandatory on Air Canada.
Also, earlier Air Canada made it mandatory to fill out the Advance declaration form to access health information about each flying passenger. It is still in use but for submitting immigration and other arrival details online. The ArriveCAN is not required to collect health information.
For countries other than Canada, the rules might still imply. You do have to wear a mask at Air Canada departure or arrival airports based on local authorities regulations.
Travel documents specifying individuals’ health and other related information are still required by authorities. Passengers can verify the documents required for their reserved destination by using Air Canada’s ‘Travel Ready’ feature.
Travel Ready informs the user about the current documents and testing required by authorities of particular countries. Even minute details of what type of test and other health documents will be accepted are also mentioned.
This feature is also helpful to those who are still making plans and have not decided on a destination yet.
There could be a few countries that might require travelers from specific countries to quarantine for a few days or a week. Such steps are taken to avoid the spread of COVID-prone areas and countries. Also, masks are not required on Air Canada flights, but it still follows and suggests precautionary steps to be followed since arrival at the airport.
Air Canada has an entire section dedicated to safety norms including accidental and health-related precautionary measures. Surely, Air Canada is a good airline to travel with and has gained recognition due to its quality.