Toronto’s Pearson Airport stops separating vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers

Separation of travellers resulted in "minimal operational efficiencies."

The experiment of separating international travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport into two lines based on vaccination status has come to an end after just a few days.

On Saturday, the airport began segregating arriving passengers who are fully immunized against Covid-19 from those non- or partially vaccinated.

Beverly MacDonald, Senior Advisor, Communications with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said the move was meant to “streamline the border clearance process.”

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separation of vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers in customs lines results in minimal operational efficiencies."
Location: YVR Photo from Andrew Aziz via: Twitter

Canada’s two busiest airports have now begun segregating passengers based on their vaccination status

MacDonald said the entry requirements were “broadly communicated by the Government of Canada.”

“We have now determined that separation of vaccinated and non/partially-vaccinated travellers in customs lines results in minimal operational efficiencies,” MacDonald said.

As such, MacDonald says the practice officially ended on Monday. “Entry requirements based on vaccination status will be enforced once a passenger reaches a CBSA officer,” MacDonald said.

The Montreal-Trudeau International Airport did a trial run earlier this month but has since stopped after the separation “failed to yield the anticipated outcome.”

Vancouver’s YVR has also ended the segregation of passengers.