Passengers transferring to another Canadian destination through the Toronto-Pearson, Montreal-Trudeau, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax, St. John's, Whitehorse, Gander, Winnipeg and Québec airports from flights originating from European Union countries will now be permitted to carry their duty-free purchases on board the aircraft in Security Tamper-Evident Bags.
Security Tamper-Evident Bags are clear plastic bags specifically designed to hold duty-free liquids, aerosols and gels purchased by passengers at duty-free retailers located after the security screening checkpoint in airports in European Union nations. Once sealed, the bag cannot be opened and resealed. If the bag has been tampered with in any way, it will no longer be considered secure.
- Only bags from European Union airport duty-free retailers will be accepted. Duty-free goods purchased in-flight will not be allowed through the screening checkpoint as they are excluded from the Security Tamper-Evident Bag program.
- It is recommended that you place all duty-free purchases in your checked baggage.
- Do not open the security tamper-evident bag until you have completed your journey. If the bag has been opened, you will have to place your purchases in your checked baggage or surrender them at the screening checkpoint.
- Security tamper-evident bags are only valid for two calendar days after purchase. After that, they are not allowed to go through the checkpoint and will need to be packed in your checked baggage.
- Extreme heat and cold may alter the bag’s seal, at which point it would not be allowed to go through the checkpoint.
At the pre-board screening checkpoint:
- The security tamper-evident bag will not be counted as part of your carry-on allowance.
- All security tamper-evident bags will need to be punctured and/or opened during the screening process.
- Once a bag is punctured or opened by a Screening Officer, you cannot leave the secure area with the bag and bring it back through the security checkpoint again.
- You may have to surrender your duty-free purchases to the Screening Officer for various reasons:
- If your purchases are improperly packaged by the duty-free clerk at the point of sale.
- If either the bag or the product within does not pass required security screening.
For more information consult the Traveller’s FAQs.