7 Tips for Smooth Holiday Travel

Whether you’re a student headed home, a grandparent reuniting with your grandkids, or a business traveller doing one last trip before your holiday break, here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your travels smooth.

Arrive early

We’re all working hard to make sure that travellers stay healthy. With the number of travellers increasing over the holidays, we recommend arriving at the airport 2 hours before your flight departs to allow enough time to check in and move through security screening. Once you’re in the departures lounge, grab a coffee at the Chess Piece Patisserie and Café and relax!

 Travellers checking in at the Air Canada counters in the Fredericton International Airport


Don’t wrap presents

Everyone loves a beautifully wrapped present, but we recommend that you plan to wrap them at your destination in case they need to be inspected during security screening.



Find out what you can (and can’t) bring through security screening

It’s important to know that there are restrictions on what can go in your checked luggage and what you can bring in your carry-on. For information on exactly what’s allowed, visit the CATSA website.


Plan for the weather

As winter ramps up, be prepared for the unexpected. Check your flight status before you head to the airport, whatever the weather outside – remember, weather at your destination or the city the plane is arriving from can impact schedules as well. Should you encounter a flight delay at YFC, we’ve got plenty of outlets to help you keep your devices charged, and delicious food and drinks at the Chess Piece Patisserie and Café.

Travellers enjoying a glass of wine at the Chess Piece Pâtisserie and Café in the Fredericton International Airport.


Check the requirements at your destination

If you’re travelling internationally, be sure to check the entry requirements for your destination. The IATA Destination Tracker can help, and be sure to visit your destination country’s official website as well. If you need a COVID-19 test before departing, you can have this done right at the airport. Booking ahead is highly recommended.

For provincial travel restrictions within Canada, the Government of Canada has a handy list of links that will connect you with the most up-to-date information.


Bring masks and your proof of vaccination

Everyone over the age of two who is entering the airport is required to wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking. You’ll need your proof of vaccination to eat at the café, and all travellers are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption before boarding an aircraft in Canada.


A mother and child enjoy the play area at the Fredericton International Airport


Fill out your New Brunswick travel pass

Everyone entering (or re-entering) the province is required to complete the New Brunswick Traveller Registration. If you are fully vaccinated, this only needs to be completed once and then you will receive a multi-use pass by email.