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10 Tips to Prepare for Your Flight

17 dec

Planning to fly out of YQB in the near future? Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for travel and get through the airport with ease.


1.     Make sure you have your proof of vaccination on hand

The Government of Canada requires all travellers aged 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated in order to board domestic, cross-border, or international flights departing from a Canadian airport. You will need to show your proof of vaccination at the airport.

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2.     Learn about the requirements at your destination

Entry requirements vary from country to country and are subject to change without notice. For that reason, we recommend checking the official government sources for your destination to learn about the most recent requirements. You can also use a third-party service, such as Destination Canada’s interactive map (for domestic travel) or Sherpa (for international travel).

Destination Canada

Also, make sure that all your travel documents are up to date such as your plane tickets, valid passport, visa, etc.


3.     Book your screening test, if necessary

If you need to be tested for COVID-19 before you travel abroad, we encourage you to book an appointment.

PCR tests

Contact a clinic on the list of private laboratories recognized by the Laboratoire de Santé publique du Québec that have agreed to perform tests and issue certificates for nationals and travellers.

Rapid antigen tests

The Complexe Capitale Hélicoptère at the airport has a screening site that is open 7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can make an appointment at Note that the site is in French only.


4.     Pack carefully

Check your airline’s website for the number and size of bags you can bring.

Make packing easier by checking the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website at to see which items must be checked and which can be carried on.


5.     Check in online

Save time and avoid unnecessary contact when checking in by using your airline’s website to check in before you get to the airport. That way, you’ll only need to check any luggage once you arrive.


6.     See when the stores and restaurants open

If you want to grab a bite to eat or do some last-minute shopping before takeoff, the Relay convenience store, several restaurants, and the V.I.P Lounge by Club Med are open daily.

See their opening hours in the Shops and Restaurants section.


7.     Plan your trip to the airport

There are a number of ways to get to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

Parking lots

The airport’s official parking lots are directly in front of the terminal building. You can view the rates or prepay for parking on our website.

Taxis and limousines

Book your taxi or limousine ride with a company that serves YQB.

Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)

Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) routes 76 and 80 run between Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport and Sainte-Foy and downtown Québec City, respectively. Plan your ride on their website:


Uber and the Eva carpooling cooperative are available at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport. Download their mobile apps to book your ride.


8.     Plan to arrive at the airport early

Make sure you arrive at 3 hours before your flight. Before you leave, check your flight status on YQB website or your airline's website.


9.     Wear your mask in the terminal

While at Canadian airports and onboard aircraft, all travellers must wear a removable non-medical mask or face covering that is large enough to cover their mouth and nose.


10.  Download the Government of Canada mobile apps

If you’re travelling abroad, download the ArriveCAN mobile app for free. You will need to complete the health questionnaire in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before your return to Canada.

The CanBorder app is used to make your customs declaration. 

Click here to learn more about the ArriveCAN app.

Click here to learn more about the CanBorder app.


Bon voyage!


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