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International travelers arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) now have separate queues for vaccinated and unvaccinated people before reaching customs.
The unvaccinated line also applies to those who are partially vaccinated.
If YVR is your last stop:
- Fully vaccinated passengers will check in, take a Day 1 test in the terminal, and be exempt from government-authorized hotel quarantine.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers will check in, complete the Day 1 test, receive a Day 8 test kit, and be required to proceed to their government-approved hotel for quarantine.
If you connect via YVR:
- Fully vaccinated passengers with a same-day connection will get check-in instructions and take-out kit on Day 1 and proceed to the departures area.
- Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated passengers with a connection will check in, take the day 1 test, receive the day 8 test, and proceed to their government-authorized hotel for quarantine.
“Under the direction of the Government of Canada, passengers entering the country from anywhere overseas or the United States are divided into vaccinated and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated ques, just before reaching Canadian customs. Said a representative from YVR. the western standard.
“It was put in place as a policy of the federal government to ‘simplify the customs clearance process’.
“I think this will happen at all airports in Canada that accept international flights.”
According to the Government of Canada website, those seeking “exemptions” must upload their proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app with the following information:
- details of your first dose (date, country and vaccine you received).
- details of your second dose if needed (i.e. for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines).
- a photo or PDF file of the record of each dose of your vaccination, such as receipts, cards or confirmations.
- Preferred file format: If you received a PDF file of your vaccination record, download the PDF rather than an image, as the PDF is clearer and easier to read.
Currently, there are no exemptions from testing, hotel layovers or quarantine for travelers who have not received the full series of a vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines. by the Government of Canada, according to their website.
After testing positive, un / partially vaccinated travelers must undergo supervised quarantine in government approved accommodation for three days before returning home for a total quarantine of 14 days.
“Stay” at a government approved facility is at the traveller’s expense, approximately $ 2,000 / person. Once in the establishment, you are asked to stay in your assigned room unless you are escorted by an official.
The Government of Canada website states that it is an offense under the Quarantine Act to violate the instructions provided to you upon entering Canada. This could lead to one or both of the following:
- a fine of up to $ 750,000
- up to six months in prison
The application of the Quarantine Act has been inconsistent across Canada, and the legal validity of its application is in dispute.
If a person receives negative test results, they can continue until their 14-day personal quarantine location.
The tests performed at YVR are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, administered by Life Labs.
PCR tests have the potential to give false positives when used at a higher cycle. Anything above 35 is widely believed to be an inefficient means of detecting live reproductive viral DNA.
The Government of Canada ignores this factor.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement in December 2020 on this issue. It has since been deleted but can be read on the Internet Archive here.
“While the positivity rate for SARS-CoV-2 decreases, the positive predictive value also decreases,” explains the WHO.
“This means that the likelihood of a person who tests positive (SARS-CoV-2 detected) actually being infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as the positivity rate decreases, regardless of the specificity of the test.” . Therefore, healthcare providers are encouraged to consider test results as well as clinical signs and symptoms, confirmed status of any contact, etc.
An updated version of WHO can be read here.
A representative from Life Labs said she could not comment on the number of cycles used in PCR testing at YVR airport.
It is highly likely that many of the people who have been parked in quarantine facilities have never been infected with active viral DNA.
Western standard has contacted the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for their comments, but has not received a response yet.
Reid Small is a British Columbia correspondent for the Western Standard