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Measures in place in response to COVID-19

New processes

  • To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all passengers and airport employees must wear masks/face coverings at all times. Face coverings may not have an exhaust valve or vent. This includes the pre- and post-security screening areas of the terminals, parking facilities, people mover train, sidewalks/curbs outside the terminals and other outdoor public areas.
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask while at Toronto Pearson, but a number of exceptions to this rule are in effect. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you are exempt from the rule provided you have a note from a medical doctor that certifies that you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. As such, if asked by GTAA Public Safety Officer, Peel Regional Police or a CATSA screening officer, we suggest letting them know that you have a medical condition. Please note, however, that Transport Canada has specific requirements for the use of masks in order to pass through security screening and to board a plane. Transport Canada no longer allows vented masks with exhaust valves, bandanas and neck gaiters, military-type masks such as gas masks or face coverings that completely cover the face. For more on Transport Canada’s mask requirements, visit
  • Terminal access is restricted to passengers who are travelling on the same day and airport employees on duty. Meeters and greeters or those dropping friends and loved ones off at the airport are not permitted to enter the terminals.
  • When arriving at Pearson, please exit the terminal buildings immediately upon collecting your bags from the baggage carousel.
  • As always, follow in-terminal signage and maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres from others whenever possible.
  • Starting January 6, the Ontario government is launching a COVID-19 testing program at Toronto Pearson. Free voluntary testing will be available to international arriving passengers. To learn more, visit our testing page.

There are exceptions to these policies. You will not be required to wear a face covering if:

  • You are under the age of two
  • You are unable to remove a face covering without assistance
  • You have trouble breathing
  • You are dining at food and beverage locations

If you are not travelling, you may still enter the public areas of the terminal buildings if:

  • You are a friend or family member of someone who requires mobility assistance
  • You are accompanying a minor who is travelling alone
  • Please note that connecting passengers on layover for more than a day are exempt from the same-day travel policy
  • If you’re waiting to pick up a friend or family member, we recommend our short-term parking options or our free, convenient cell phone lots, located just minutes away from the terminals.

Cleaning and sanitization

  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the terminals takes place every two hours, with a focus on high-touch areas, including escalators, moving walkways, handrails, stairways, baggage carts, kiosks and bathrooms.
  • Cleaning staff take a four-level approach to disinfection using Tersano, Oxivir, Ultra-Lyte and Microbial/Probiotic, as recommended by our contracted industrial hygienist
  • Six autonomous floor cleaners are in use throughout the airport.

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