I’ve been debating to go to Toronto since Canada reopened to fully vaccinated Americans without quarantine. My wife is from Toronto so she has a lot of family there, including her mother and sister. Before the pandemic, we would visit every couple of months but we haven’t been in almost two years.
Natalie’s not comfortable traveling with our two little unvaccinated kids and one of the big reasons is that she doesn’t want us to be caught up in any long lines at the airport. FYI: All of us but our two-year-old have NEXUS, which would alleviate the long lines. When COVID hit, we were in the process of getting Olivia her NEXUS pass and she’s just waiting for an interview. Unfortunately, you can’t use the NEXUS lanes unless everyone in your party is an approved member.
I’ve been toying with the idea of going just for a night so I can help my mother-in-law with some household chores and take advantage of Air Canada’s elite status match (here’s more on that). However, I just got a new passport and when I went into my NEXUS account to update the passport number, it wouldn’t accept it because my last name is spelled with a space on one of my documents so I’m not even sure I can use the NEXUS lanes and it’s next to impossible to get it corrected remotely.
Then, I just saw a disturbing tweet this morning from Toronto’s Pearson Airport (YYZ), which is the reason for this post: “Afternoons and evenings are busy times for arrivals at Pearson. If you’re flying into the airport during these times, be aware that the process for international arrivals could take 1-3 hours due to additional COVID-19 health screenings. https://t.co/Nohsa5l2mP.”
Yikes! And if that wasn’t bad enough, Journey Woman tweeted: “If you’re flying to the US the lineup is enormous. I’ve never seen it so long. Come at least 3 hours ahead or you might miss your flight. International line is much faster!”
If you don’t have NEXUS, it looks like you could be in YYZ for hours on both ends of your trip so plan accordingly and travel on off-peak times and days whenever possible.
We flew out of Tornoto over a week a go. We wish they had warned us to go 4 hours before our flight instead of 2 and a half hours. The line to go through security was over an hour long. We kept asking for them to let us go ahead of the line not to miss our flight and they did nothing to help us. We ended up missing our flight and our connection flight alo g with 11 others! We waited at the air port for 8 hours to get on the next flight(standby). We made it to Dallas but once again they knew we had a connection flight and needed to make it and no one helped us. We ran through the Dallas air port to make our connection flight. They had just closed the gate and knowing our circumstances did nothing to help us again! After 8 hours of waiting at the Pearson airport, we ended up sleeping at the Dallas air port to be on stand by for the next flight to our destination at 1:30 pm the next day. So 8 hours in Pearson and 15 hours at The Dallas airport!! Very dissappointed in the lack of organization and the lack of caring to help travelers get to their destination in a responsible and timely manner! Absolutely aweful!