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Travel advisories

For information on entrance restrictions and health and security advisories for international destinations, please visit travel.gc.ca.

WestJet (air only) guests who wish to make alternate flight arrangements may do so without penalty (based on availability) by calling 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET).

WestJet Vacations guests who wish to make alternate travel arrangements should be directed to contact WestJet Vacations by calling 1-877-737-7001.


Travel advisory: Winter storm system - Canada's East coast

A winter storm system warning has been announced for:

- Canada's East coast

This may cause delays or cancellations.

We advise all guests travelling to or from these cities on February 7, and February 8, 2016 to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.

Additional updates will be posted as they are available.


Travel advisory: Winter storm system - Winnipeg, MB - Brandon, MB - Thunder Bay, ON

A winter storm system warning has been announced for:

- Winnipeg, MB - Brandon, MB - Thunder Bay, ON

This may cause delays or cancellations.

We advise all guests travelling to or from these cities on February 7, 2016 to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.

Additional updates will be posted as they are available.


Travel advisory instructions for travel agents

If your client needs to change their flight as the result of a WestJet travel advisory:

  • Enter "TRVL ADV DDMMMYY"** into the endorsement field if completing an exchange.
    • No penalties or fare difference will apply if the exchange results in travel to be completed within seven days of a posted travel advisory date.
    • **DDMMMYY is the travel date your client was impacted**
  • If the ticket remains open for future use and the exchange is completed outside the travel advisory specified date range, regular fees will apply.

WestJet travel advisory – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada has recently confirmed travel-related cases of Zika virus in some WestJet destinations.

Canadians visiting affected areas should protect themselves against Zika by taking protective measures to prevent mosquito bites. It is recommended that women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant discuss their travel plans with their health care provider.

WestJet recognizes that some guests who are pregnant or may become pregnant may wish to adjust their travel plans. The travel advisory below is designed to offer these guests flexibility in any upcoming trip.

Destinations affected:
Please consult the World Health Organization’s website to see if your destination is affected. This flexible change and cancellation promise applies only to bookings travelling to the affected countries.

Departure dates:
This flexible change and cancellation promise applies only to departures up to and including June 30, 2016, for bookings made on or before January 28, 2016.

Groups:
Groups of nine or more travellers will have very specific needs. Please contact your travel agent directly or for bookings made through WestJet Groups can call 1-844-213-5230.

For air-only bookings made with WestJet:

WestJet is temporarily waiving the change and cancellation fee for air-only bookings to Zika-affected countries. You may:

  • Change your destination – just pay any difference in fare. If your new itinerary costs less, we'll give you a travel bank credit for the difference. Changes must be made more than two hours before departure.
  • Cancel your reservation – we'll transfer the full amount paid into a travel bank credit valid for one year. Cancellations must be made more than two hours before departure.

Please call WestJet at 1-888-WESTJET to complete these changes.

Guests who have made air-only package bookings through a travel agent should contact their travel agent directly.

For WestJet Vacations bookings made with WestJet Vacations:

WestJet Vacations is temporarily narrowing the change and cancellation promise for guests traveling to Zika-affected countries. You may:

  • Change your destination – guests will pay the difference in package price. If your new package costs less, the difference will be given to you as WestJet dollars (valid for one year). Changes must be made more than seven days before departure; some restrictions apply.
  • Cancel your reservation – we'll transfer the value of your Vacations package into WestJet dollars (valid for one year). Cancellations must be made more than seven days before departure; some restrictions apply.

Please call WestJet Vacations at 1-877-737-7001.

Guests who have made WestJet Vacations package bookings through a travel agent should contact their travel agent directly.


Travel advisory: Carnival, Port of Spain

The annual Carnival in Port of Spain will take place on February 8 and 9, 2016. Travel and tourism activities are expected to continue for up to two weeks after the celebration and will be busiest during weekends. February 10, 2016 (Ash Wednesday) is expected to be the busiest day of the year at the Port of Spain airport. February 8 to 19, 2016 is also expected to be a congested time for departures.

It is recommended that travellers book ground transportation to the airport ahead of time as taxis will be very busy. Guests departing Port of Spain should arrive at the airport early to check in and clear security to avoid missing flights. The Check-in counter opens three hours before flight departure and closes one hour before departure time.
Guidelines for both checked and carry-on baggage will be strictly adhered to. Guests should also be aware that we are unable to allow traditional headdresses as carry-on items.


General advisories

General advisory: ID requirements for travel within Canada

You must have valid (not expired) identification to take any flight within Canada. Adhering to the Secure Air Travel Regulations, WestJet will not allow you to fly if you do not have proper, valid ID. In addition, the name on your identification must match the name on your airline reservation or boarding pass. Public Safety Canada has information available on its Documents Needed for Air Travel webpage. For more information on all ID requirements please visit WestJet.


Travelling with portable self-balancing recreational scooters (lithium battery powered) is prohibited

Please be advised that due to safety concerns; hoverboards, powerboards, airwheels and other self-balancing lithium battery powered scooters are forbidden from transport on any WestJet or WestJet Encore flight, in carry-on, checked baggage or cargo. The safety and comfort of our guests is a top priority and this rule will stand until further notice.


Travel Advisory - Honolulu International Airport - WestJet moving to Lobby 6 on November 1, 2015

Please note, WestJet will be moving to Lobby 6 from Lobby 4 at the Honolulu International Airport. This transition should not impact your travel day. Our new location in Lobby 6 is next to Virgin America.


General advisory: Victoria - Baggage area renovation September 21, 2015 to October 2016

Please allow extra time when departing from Victoria International Airport, as its baggage screening system undergoes improvements. A temporary handling facility has been established at the east end of the terminal building where guests can drop off their tagged baggage. We encourage you to arrive with enough time to drop off your bags, as flights will depart at their regularly scheduled times. This renovation takes place through the period of September 21, 2015 to October 2016. The Victoria International Airport has more information available on their website.


Phone scam alert

Telephone scammers are impersonating WestJet in an attempt to steal your personal information. WestJet does not use telemarketers or share guests' personal information. If you receive a call indicating that you've won "WestJet points/miles" or are a "preferred customer" please contact the RCMP Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website. For more information about possible scams related to WestJet, please visit our email and telephone scams page.


Online survey scam alert

Internet marketers are falsely claiming to represent WestJet Airlines Limited using online pop-up surveys. The scam offers discounts or products in exchange for answering a questionnaire. We are always happy to hear how your experience with us was, but we do not use pop-ups or offer non-WestJet products as an incentive. For more information about possible scams related to WestJet, please visit our email and telephone scams page.