Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is continuing to monitor developments related to the spread of the coronavirus that originated in China several weeks ago. We’re in close contact with our federal government partners on this issue. The Public Health Agency of Canada has deemed that the public health risk of this disease to Canada and Canadian travellers is currently low.
Effective February 1, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initiated enhanced screening measures at Halifax Stanfield in relation to the coronavirus, based on guidance from the PHAC. The measures include an additional question on the Primary Inspection Kiosk relating to travel to China as well as additional signage in International arrivals.
At this time, there are no other changes to passenger screening at Halifax Stanfield based on guidance from the PHAC. We have no current direct passenger flights to/from China, which significantly reduces the public health risk at our airport.
To reduce the spread of coronavirus, the 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.
HIAA will continue to work closely with PHAC and will provide updates as they become available. The safety of our passengers, visitors and employees is our top priority.
For information about the coronavirus, please read the latest PHAC travel advisory here.