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2021
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May
Where Canadians Can Travel (and what they have to go through to get there, and back)



Last updated: May 7th, 2021

For many of us, international travel is off the table right now. The major obstacles now include:

- You need a recent negative PCR or LAMP test result before boarding the flight to return to Canada

- You now also need to take another PCR test upon arrival in Canada, and pay for an expensive hotel quarantine for a minimum of 3 days while awaiting the result.

- You need to self-isolate for 14 days after you return.

- Insurance was an issue earlier in the pandemic, but there are now 13 insurance companies that cover covid-19, and certain countries, airlines and vacation package operators now include covid insurance with their flights and packages.

All that being said, there are currently 69 countries that Canadians are technically allowed to visit (peak: 79 countries, before the EU decision in October 2020).

Below, I've tried to focus on the destinations you can reach with a non-stop flight (aka 'direct') from Canada, and the dates those flights are expected to start from Canada, if they haven't already.

There are certainly other places you can travel to, and other ways of getting to those international destinations, mainly by connecting through the U.S or Europe.

But since the U.S. is on the European Union's 'do not allow' list, this can lead to complications and you will likely want to stick to places you can fly to directly from Canada.

I've also focused on the destinations that are either open to Canadian tourists now, or opening very soon. And have direct flights that have already resumed, or are scheduled to resume from Canada in the very near future.

One thing to keep in mind is that just because an airline has *scheduled* flights doesn't mean things won't change.

The airlines have been scheduling flights, but changing their minds if they see that the demand levels aren't there.

Countries can also change their mind about re-opening dates, or their quarantine policy decisions, based on the virus data, and whether or not Canada reciprocates (allowing their tourists to visit *us*).

This post will be kept up to date with all the latest changes.

Also see: Is there any travel insurance for Canadians with COVID-19 medical coverage?

Also see: Where can I take a COVID-19 PCR test with results in 24 hours or less?

CANADA

Domestic travel within our own country can be a bit confusing right now, as it depends on which province you're coming from, and sometimes which province you're a resident of.

Time-to-travel.ca, a website founded by major players in the travel industry (with all the bias that comes with that), has a pretty good interactive map that can show you where you're allowed to travel in Canada, based on these factors.

Keep in mind there might be certain accommodation restrictions that this map doesn't mention, like the fact that Alberta and BC's provincial campgrounds are currently closed to out-of-province campers (yet national and private campgrounds remain open to all).

It's a good idea to Google the name of the province you want to visit, followed by 'government travel restrictions'. Or just go to: https://travel.gc.ca/covid-19-provinces-territories

There are not currently any quarantine restrictions when flying between the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec.

THE UNITED STATES

I think it would surprise a certain percentage of Canadians to know that the air border between Canada and the U.S is technically open for non-essential travel. It's the *land* border that's closed for non-essential travel.

There's a fairly decent percentage of Canadians that think both are closed for non-essential travel, mainly due to headlines like 'Canada / U.S. border closure extended' which are referring to the *land* border.

The U.S. is now fairly well vaccinated, although has not yet reached herd immunity. Florida and Texas are nearly back to normal. New York is aiming to be reopen by May 19th. California is aiming to be completely open by June 15th. The casinos in Las Vegas are already back to 80% capacity.

Very few states have notable statewide restrictions anymore (other than Hawaii), but you can check this CNN article for the latest updates.

Direct Flights to the U.S.

4 of Canada's airports currently have direct flights to the U.S. (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary).

Toronto to: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Newark

Montreal to: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Newark

Vancouver to: Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle

Calgary to: Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Palm Springs, Phoenix

Normally of course, there would be a lot more U.S. destinations available from these 4 Canadian airports, and also direct flights to the U.S. from smaller Canadian airports.

Insurance

Covid-19 insurance that specifically covers the U.S. is also pretty difficult to find (as U.S. healthcare is so expensive), although there are a few providers. (Update: Air Canada and Westjet have announced that their covid-19 insurance, which is now included with every international flight, will also include U.S. destinations.)

Update: As of January 26th, 2021 all visitors to the U.S. must now show proof of a negative covid-19 test result prior to boarding. It must be a PCR or antigen test result, the results of which must be from no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Vaccination progress

Percentage of U.S. residents that have received at least one dose


HAWAII



Hawaii is now allowing Canadian tourists to visit without a 14-day quarantine, if they provide a recent (72 hours before departure) negative test result for COVID-19.

Travellers will be required to provide a printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result.

Sometime in July 2021, Hawaii is planning to drop quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens from the mainland U.S. At some point after that, they will open this up to fully vaccinated citizens from other countries, likely including Canada. But a date for this has not been set. Sometime before or during fall of 2021 would seemingly be a safe bet. Travellers need to have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks.

At San Francisco airport (SFO), United Airlines is offering two types of covid tests that meet Hawaii's requirements. Canadians with a long enough connection at SFO could potentially make use of the $250 USD option (ouch), which takes about 15 minutes.

Alaska Airlines has partnered with testing providers in the Seattle area that are approved by Hawaii. The results take 2 hours and cost $135 USD.

Alberta has become the first location in Canada to have labs approved by Hawaii for pre-testing. Guests travelling to Hawaii can get tested at a participating Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacy. Click here for more info.

Labs in Ontario and British Columbia have now been approved for Hawaii's pre-travel testing program through a collaboration between Air Canada and Shopper's Drug Mart. Click here for more info.

More labs in Ontario and British Columbia have now been approved for Hawaii's pre-travel testing program through a collaboration between Westjet and LifeLabs. More info: from British Columbia - from Ontario

Travelers will also have to create a 'Safe Travels' account at https://travel.hawaii.gov - which state officials (including police) can use to check on visitors. Click here to see the health questions you will be asked.

Note: The Big Island (Kona) is requiring that visitors take a mandatory rapid antigen test when they land. Results will be available in about 15 minutes and travelers who test negative will not be required to quarantine. People who test positive will be required to immediately get a more accurate PCR test and then quarantine until their results are available, usually within 36 hours.

Kauai and Maui are asking people to volunteer to take a second test 72 hours after arrival. Oahu / Honolulu has no additional requirements.

Direct flights from Canada to Hawaii

Direct flights from Canada to Hawaii have yet to resume. The only way to get there at the moment is to connect through the U.S.

Honolulu (HNL) : no direct flights from Canada

Maui (OGG) : no direct flights from Canada

Kauai (LIH) : no direct flights from Canada

Kona (KOA) : no direct flights from Canada

PCR testing

Canadians needing a PCR test in Maui: Try Doctors on Call Urgent Care Maui. No appointment needed. 8am to 8pm. Last reported price was $125 USD.

Vaccination progress

Percentage of Hawaiian residents that have received at least one dose



MEXICO



Mexico is one country that has never closed it's borders to Canadians throughout the pandemic. No test results or quarantines have ever been required for entry.

Puerto Vallarta and Cabo feel like they are getting back to normal.

Direct flights from Canada to Mexico

Direct flights from Canada to Mexico on Canada's airlines were voluntarily suspended in January at the request of the Canadian government. At the same time, Aeromexico suspended their flights from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal to Mexico City.

The only realistic way to fly from Canada to Mexico right now is by connecting through the U.S.

Cancun (CUN) : flights from Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver have not resumed

Mexico City (MEX) : flights from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver have not resumed

Puerto Vallarta (PVR): flights from Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver have not resumed

San Jose del Cabo (SJD): flights from Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver have not resumed

Mazatlan (MZT): flights from Edmonton have not resumed

Cozumel (CZM): flights from Toronto, Montreal have not resumed

Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo (ZIH) : flights from Calgary, Vancouver have not resumed

Huatulco (HUX) : flights from Calgary have not resumed

PCR testing locations in Mexico

Westjet is maintaining a list of locations in Mexico that have PCR testing, with prices.

They also have a list of hotels in Mexico with on-site testing and prices.

In Puerto Vallarta, Salud Digna has PCR tests for $65 CAD.

Vaccination progress in Mexico

Percentage of Mexico's residents that have received at least one dose

CARIBBEAN

Being island nations, most countries in the Caribbean have been relatively safe from covid throughout the pandemic. Many of them have allowed tourists to visit safely, as long as they bring a recent negative PCR test result, and occasionally some countries require quarantine.

Going forward, it appears likely those countries in the Caribbean will be allowing fully vaccinated tourists to visit without a recent negative test result or quarantine.

Unvaccinated tourists will likely need to continue to bring a recent negative test result, and/or quarantine.

Vaccination progress in the Caribbean:

Percentage of Caribbean residents that have received at least one dose, by country

Aruba, Anguilla, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, and Turks and Caicos are all at least as well vaccinated as Canada.

Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, and Saint Kitts are fairly close to as vaccinated as Canada.

Most countries in the Caribbean have less cases per capita than Canada.

Cuba is still struggling with cases.

Direct flights from Canada to the Caribbean:

All direct flights from Canada to the Caribbean were halted in January 2021 at the request of the Canadian government. Before that, most direct flights to the Caribbean during the pandemic were through Toronto on Air Canada.

When flights to the Caribbean start back up again, look for these flights through Toronto to be the first to resume.

Currently, the only realistic way to fly to the Caribbean is through the U.S.

Antigua & Barbuda



Antigua & Barbuda started allowing Canadian tourists again on June 4th, 2020.

Antigua & Barbuda requires a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within the last 7 days, and completion of a public health declaration form.

Another test may be necessary upon arrival, at the cost of $100 USD.

Those looking for a PCR test in Antigua are advised to contact Mount St. John’s Medical Centre at (268) 484-2700 or email [email protected] to arrange for an appointment (more information at https://www.facebook.com/MSJMC.

Antigua (ANU) : Air Canada's flights from Toronto have not resumed.

Aruba



Aruba (AUA) started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st, 2020.

You must upload the results of a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure) and fill out a health declaration.

Alternatively, you can choose to be tested on arrival for $75 USD. If you choose to get tested on arrival you’ll have to self-quarantine for 24 hours at your accommodation.

Westjet is maintaining a list of locations in Aruba that have PCR testing, with prices.

Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Bahamas



The Bahamas started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st, 2020.

Travellers to the Bahamas must complete the electronic application at travel.gov.bs prior to departure, and upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no older than 5 days before your arrival date.

Update: On November 1st, 2020 the Bahamas will be removing it's 'Vacation-In-Place' program, allowing tourists to leave the confines of their accommodation. Instead, visitors will need to bring a negative PCR test (no older than 5 days). Visitors will be given a rapid antigen test (takes 20 minutes) on arrival, and then given another test 4 days after arrival. All visitors departing on day 5 will not be required to obtain this test.

Canadians looking for a PCR test in the Bahamas are advised to check this list.

Update: As of May 1, 2021 fully vaccinated Canadians can skip the PCR test requirements on Bahama's side.

Nassau (NAS) : Air Canada has not resumed flights via Toronto or Montreal.

Barbados



Barbados started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 12th, 2020.

You need to bring a recent negative COVID-19 test (conducted within 72 hours of departure). Passengers are monitored for 14 days. If a second COVID test is negative five to seven days after arrival, no further monitoring is required.

Travellers will be required to complete an online form asking them health questions related to COVID-19 symptoms.

Update Oct 12, 2020: Barbados now considers Canada a 'high risk' country. This means there will be an additional test 2-3 days after arrival. Those travelling from Canada without a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited or recognized laboratory will be required to take a test upon arrival.

Westjet is maintaining a list of locations in Barbados that have PCR testing, with prices.

Bridgetown (BGI) : Air Canada flights have not resumed via Toronto.

Bermuda



Bermuda started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st, 2020.

You need to bring a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure) *and* take another test upon arrival.

And then you must take another test on days 4, 8, and 14 of your visit. Wow.

You may also need to have health insurance. And complete a screening form.

You may also need to do the same things listed above when flying back to Canada.

Canadians looking for a PCR test in Bermuda are advised to look here (bottom of the page, under 'on-island private testing options).

Bermuda (BDA) : Air Canada has not resumed flights to Bermuda, via Toronto.

Cayman Islands



Update: The Cayman Islands are not currently open to Canadians.

14 days of self isolation is required. Wearing a health monitor (Bio Button) is no longer required, but you do need to wear a tracking bracelet. Visitors will be tested on arrival.

Canadians looking for a PCR test in the Cayman Islands are advised to go to https://hsa.ky/Appointment/.

George Town (GCM) : Westjet has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Cuba



Cuba reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020. Only parts of the country are open to tourists.

Starting January 1st, 2021 passengers will have to bring a recent negative PCR test result with them (from up to 72 hours before arrival). Passengers will also still be tested on arrival.

Cuba is requiring Canadians to take a covid test on arrival, but it's free.

Visitors will await their results, which will take approximately 24 hours, at their designated hotel; if positive, they will be transferred to a small hospital in the area where they will receive treatment.

Cayo Coco (CCC) : Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet, and OWG have not resumed flights from Toronto and Montreal. PCR tests are available at participating hotels for $30 USD.

Holguin (HOG) : Air Transat has not resumed flights from Toronto and Montreal. PCR tests are available at participating hotels for $30 USD.

Havana (HAV) : Air Canada has not resumed flights via Toronto.

Santa Clara (SNU) : Air Canada has not resumed flights via Toronto.

Varadero (VRA) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto or Montreal. PCR tests are available at participating hotels for $30 USD.

Curacao



Curacao started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st, 2020.

You need to submit a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure), fill out a digital immigration card, and fill out a passenger locator card at: https://dicardcuracao.com/portal

Visitors must also be adequately insured for medical care.

Willemstad (CUR) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Dominican Republic



The Dominican Republic is randomly testing 3% to 15% of passengers on arrival with a rapid aleatory breath test, eliminating the requirement for a negative covid-19 test prior to arrival.

There will also be a free travel assistance plan for all tourists visiting a hotel, which, in addition to emergency coverage, includes COVID-19 tests and covers costs for a long-term stay.

There is a temperature check on arrival, and if it's above 38C you will have to take a rapid COVID-19 test and potentially be required to isolate.

Travellers must also fill out the digital form at: https://eticket.migracion.gob.do/ - this form is essentially your international boarding and disembarking card, customs declaration form, and affidavit of health, all rolled into one.

The Dominican Republic has announced that all tourists visiting a hotel will be provided with free insurance that covers emergencies, telemedicine, lodging for prolonged stays and costs for changing flights in the event of an infection.

PCR testing in the Dominican Republic

Canadians looking for a PCR test in the Dominican Republic are advised to check this website.

Westjet is maintaining a list of locations in the Dominican Republic that have PCR testing, with prices.

They also have a list of hotels in the Dominican Republic with on-site testing and prices.

Punta Cana (PUJ) : Air Canada, Air Transat, and Sunwing flights via Toronto & Montreal have not resumed.

Puerto Plata (POP) : Air Canada and WestJet's flights via Toronto & Montreal have not resumed.

Samana (AZS) : Air Canada's flights via Montreal have not resumed.

Grenada



Grenada re-opened for Canadian tourists on August 1st, 2020. There are some limits on movement within the country.

A certified copy of a negative PCR test dated no more than 7 days prior to departure is required. All passengers must also undergo a rapid test on arrival at the airport.

If the rapid test is positive, the traveller will then be tested using swab/PCR and placed in quarantine at an approved accommodation at their expense, for 2 – 4 days, pending the PCR result.

If that subsequent test is positive they will remain in quarantine for up to 14 days, or until they have tested negative on PCR.

Update: As of May 1, 2021 Grenada fully vaccinated tourists only need to quarantine for only 48 hours. You need to have had your second vaccination dose for at least 2 weeks.

Travellers to Grenada must also complete a Health Declaration Form and register with Grenada's contact tracing app, both of which can be found at covid19.gov.gd

Travellers must also have health insurance, or declare that they will bear the cost for treatment and isolation.

PCR testing in Grenada

Canadians looking for a PCR test in Grenada are advised that PCR testing facilities are located in the parish of St. George in which the tourism belt is also located. Apart from the government testing facility, there are two Ministry of Health designated private clinics.

Grenada (GND) : Air Canada has not resumed flights via Toronto.

Guadeloupe



Update Feb 8, 2021: Guadeloupe has closed their borders to tourists.

Guadeloupe reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

A negative PCR covid test taken within 72 hours of departure is required.

Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Montreal.

Haiti



Haiti reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

As of February 9th, 2021: Passengers must have proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result. The test must have been performed no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Proof of recovery is another way to gain entry.

In addition, a temperature check and health declaration form are required.

Port-au-Prince (PAP) : Air Transat has not resumed flights from Montreal.

Jamaica



Jamaica started allowing Canadian tourists on June 15th, 2020.

Starting in March 2021, Jamaica is requiring visitors to provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test for entry, taken no more than 3 days before the flight.

Canadians need to fill out an online travel authorization card. They will be temperature screening at the airport. Those with elevated temperatures will be subject to additional screening and testing, if needed.

Jamaica has introduced a 'COVID-19 Resilient Corridor', which includes the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio. Only businesses within the corridor that have been trained and cleared for opening are permitted to open to tourists at this time.

Jamaica has also started a 'traveller protection program' for $40 USD, which offers international health coverage up to US$100,000 for visitors traveling to and from Jamaica, and on-island health coverage of up to US$50,000.

PCR testing in Jamaica

A list of labs that can offer PCR testing in Jamaica can be found here. Microlabs has built a Canadian Visitor Testing Portal at https://microlabs.limited/canada-visitor-portal for travellers who wish to be tested at their hotel or resort.

Westjet is maintaining a list of locations in Jamaica that have PCR testing, with prices.

They also have a list of hotels in Mexico with on-site testing and prices.

Kingston (KIN) : Air Canada, Westjet and Caribbean Airlines have not resumed flights via Toronto.

Montego Bay (MBJ) : Air Canada and Sunwing have not resumed flights via Toronto & Montreal.



Martinique



Update Feb 8, 2021: Martinique has closed their borders to tourists.

Travelers to Martinique must show a negative covid-19 PCR test result taken with the last 72 hours or undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Travelers must also take another test on the 7th day of their trip.

Fort-de-France (FDF) : Air Canada and Air Transat have not resumed flights from Montreal.

Puerto Rico



Puerto Rico *usually* abides by the same rules as the U.S., but they have created their own covid-19 entry requirements.

Travellers to Puerto Rico must show a negative covid-19 PCR test result taken with the last 72 hours. If they don't, there is a mandatory 14-day self quarantine.

They must also fill out the travel declaration form at https://app.travelsafe.pr.gov/

Saint Kitts and Nevis



Saint Kitts and Nevis re-opened for Canadian tourists on October 31st, 2020.

Travellers must complete the entry form at http://www.covid19.gov.kn/ and download the SKN COVID-19 mobile app.

For the first 1-7 days: Visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.

On day 7 visitors will undergo a PCR test at their own expense. If they test negative, they are permitted to book select excursions through the hotel’s tour desk and access select destination sites (list to be announced at a later time).

14 days or longer: Visitors will need to undergo a second PCR test at their own expense. If they test negative they will be permitted to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis.

Saint Kitts (SKB) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Saint Lucia



You need to show proof of a negative covid test result in order to board your flight to Saint Lucia. The test must have been performed within 5 days of departure.

Temperature checks will be given at the airport. Those with symptoms will be isolated and tested. If it's positive, they will be transferred to a treatment facility until they receive two negative test results.

PCR testing in Saint Lucia

Canadians looking for a PCR test in Saint Lucia are advised to check out https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/. Saint Lucia is currently ramping up testing capabilities across the island, with multiple PCR testing locations.

Hewanorra (UVF) : Air Canada flights, via Toronto, have not resumed.

Saint Maarten



Update Feb 8, 2021: Saint Maarten has closed their borders to tourists.

Saint Maarten started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

Sint Maarten (SXM) : Westjet has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines



Saint Vincent & the Grenadines started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

Travellers must bring a negative SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR COVID-19 test result from within five days prior to arrival.

Travellers will then be retested upon arrival with a RT-PCR test and be required to complete a mandatory five-day quarantine in a tourism authority/MOHWE-approved hotel at their own cost. They will then be retested between day four and five of quarantine and they may be required to quarantine up to 16 days in an approved home or hotel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer.

All travellers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result will be isolated in an approved accommodation/facility for the next 14 days at their own expense.

Saint Vincent (SVD) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Turks & Caicos



Turks & Caicos started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 22nd, 2020.

A recent negative PCR covid test (taken within 5 days of departure) is required. Visitors must also apply for a 'TCI Assured Travel Authorisation' at https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/

Providenciales (PLS) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto or Montreal.

Other countries in the Caribbean that are now open for Canadian tourists (or opening soon), but don't have direct flights from Canada

Anguilla - opened on August 21st, 2020. Canadian visitors can apply to visit at Anguilla's tourist board website. A recent negative PCR test (3-5 days prior to arrival) and insurance that covers covid-19 are required. All passengers will be given a PCR test on arrival, and another one on the 10th day of their visit. During this 10 day period, you need to stay at your villa. Anguilla is currently COVID-19 free. Update April 12th, 2021: For travelers who are fully vaccinated, with the final dose administered at least 21 days prior to arrival, the quarantine will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days as of April 12th. Travelers will still be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test 3-5 days prior to their arrival, be tested on arrival, and at the end of the quarantine period.

Dominica - opened on August 7th, 2020 (recent negative PCR test within the last 72 hours, and rapid test on arrival. And a rapid test when departing). Dominica has no active cases of COVID.

St. Barths - Update Feb 8, 2021: St. Barths has closed their borders to tourists. opened on June 22nd. A recent negative PCR test is required.

U.S. Virgin Islands - opened on June 1st, 2020. No mandatory testing on arrival. No recent test required. No quarantine period. However, you must fly in directly from the U.S. Update Sep 15th, 2020: After closing their borders temporarily in August, the U.S. Virgin Islands are re-opening (again) on September 19th. A negative covid test result from within 5 days of departure is required. More details at www.usviupdate.com

THE UNITED KINGDOM / ENGLAND



The UK is one of the most heavily vaccinated areas in the world, ahead of the rest of the Europe by a fair margin. They are on track with their 4-stage plan to have their lives completely back to normal by June 2021.

On December 15th, 2020 the United Kingdom implemented a 'test to release' program. Canadians travelling to the UK currently have two options:

1) Quarantine for 10 days
or
2) Quarantine for 5 days, and then take a PCR test. If negative, you are released from quarantine.

London Heathrow (LHR) : Air Canada & British Airways have resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Montreal, Vancouver, or Calgary to London Heathrow.

London Gatwick (LGW) : Westjet has resumed flights from Toronto.

Vaccination progress in the UK:

Percentage of UK residents that have received at least one dose

EUROPE



Most European countries are in the range of about 20-25% of their citizens having received their first dose. They appear to be on track to have their lives back to normal sometime by August / September 2021.

But in the meantime, European countries are already starting to gear up and still have a decent summer tourist season in June, July, and August.

Iceland and Greece are already open to non-European tourists. Spain and Italy are planning to be open by June.

The European Commission is currently deciding what to recommend to their member countries. It *appears* they will be recommending that countries open back up in June 2021 for *fully* vaccinated (after 2nd dose), non-EU tourists (such as Canadians), without restrictions.

However, European countries set their own rules for entry individually. They usually tend to follow the EU recommendations, but do not *have* to.

Europe's Digital Green Certificate / Pass & Proof of Vaccination

Europe has been developing their 'Digital Green Pass / Certificate' that Europeans are going to use to prove they've been fully vaccinated (or recently tested), which will allow them to travel throughout Europe relatively easily. Canada is not plugged into this digital system, and it's not likely we would be for a while, if ever. It's not even clear if the U.S. will be either. We have not yet developed or announced plans for a digital vaccine pass/certificate/passport system of our own.

But countries in Europe don't *have* to use this Digital Green Pass system. Some of them already have their own independent, vaccine certificate system in place (France, Spain), or will be releasing one soon (Italy).

Each country in Europe sets their own rules, and some will soon likely be allowing Canadians to visit, without restrictions, as long as the Canadian tourist has proof of vaccination, which may just mean our non-digital, piece-of-paper, proof of vaccination for the time being.

In most cases, countries in Europe are likely going to want you to be fully vaccinated (both doses) for at least 14 days, to bypass their restrictions.

Without proof of vaccination, Canadians can still visit certain countries in Europe, but you usually need to provide a recent negative PCR test, and/or perhaps abide by quarantine restrictions.

Direct flights from Canada to Europe:

The number of direct flights from Canada to Europe dropped significantly during the pandemic, especially after October 2020, when things started to close up for the second wave. Only Canada's 4 larger airports (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary) have direct flights at the moment, to limited major hubs in Europe. Look for the frequency of these flights to pick up as the demand increases, and previously dropped routes will be added back.

Vaccination progress in Europe:

Percentage of European residents that have received at least one dose, by country

Belgium



Belgium has started allowing Canadian tourists to visit for non-essential travel purposes again, as of September 25th, 2020.

Update: As of October 24th, 2020 Belgium is no longer open for Canadians.

Brussels (BRU) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Montreal. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Croatia



Croatia started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

You need to provide a *very* recent negative COVID-19 test, dated within 48 hours of arrival. Yes, within 48 hours of arrival. This could be pretty tough for most Canadians, considering the time change, and the fact it can take a while to get from Canada to Croatia.

Update: As of April 2021, Croatia is now allowing you to present proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery, to bypass quarantine, as an alternative to a recent negative test (also still accepted).

Visitors are asked to e-mail [email protected] (Croatian border control) stating their intention to cross the border into Croatia.

You also need to show proof of accommodation and fill out this online form.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Croatia. You would need to connect through the EU (such as Amsterdam or Frankfurt).

Denmark



Denmark started allowing Canadian tourists on July 4th, 2020.

Update: As of October 24th, 2020 Denmark is no longer open for Canadians. Entry to Denmark will be limited to people with a credible purpose and proof of a negative coronavirus test no older than 24 hours.

Denmark requires you to show documentation of a valid booking for a minimum of 6 days on entry.

Copenhagen (CPH) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

England / United Kingdom



The UK is one of the most heavily vaccinated areas in the world, ahead of the rest of the Europe by a fair margin. They are on track with their 4-stage plan to have their lives completely back to normal by June 2021.

On December 15th, 2020 the United Kingdom implemented a 'test to release' program. Canadians travelling to the UK currently have two options:

1) Quarantine for 10 days
or
2) Quarantine for 5 days, and then take a PCR test. If negative, you are released from quarantine.

London Heathrow (LHR) : Air Canada & British Airways have resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Montreal, Vancouver, or Calgary to London Heathrow.

London Gatwick (LGW) : Westjet has resumed flights from Toronto.

France



France started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

Update: As of November 11th, 2020 France is no longer open for Canadian tourists.

Paris (CDG) : Air France has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Canada and Air France have resumed flights via Montreal. Air Transat has not resumed flights via Montreal. Air France has not resumed flights from Vancouver.

Paris (ORY) : Corsair has not resumed flights from Montreal.

Toulouse (TLS) : Air Transat has not resumed flights via Montreal.

Germany



Germany started allowing Canadian tourists on July 2nd, 2020.

Update: As of October 27th, 2020 Germany is no longer open to Canadians for non-essential travel.

Update August 8th: Germany has started testing everyone at all airports on arrival - and apparently even those that are not coming from somewhere on the RKI high risk list are being tested. You need to quarantine until you receive your negative result. If it's positive, the quarantine is 14 days.

Frankfurt (FRA) : Air Canada & Lufthansa have resumed flights via Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Air Canada and Eurowing have not resumed flights via Calgary.

Munich (MUC) : Air Canada & Lufthansa have not resumed flights from Toronto or Montreal.

Greece



Greece started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020, and then closed in October 2020.

Update: On May 15th, 2021 Greece will be opening to Canadian tourists without restrictions (vaccinated, or have antibodies, or test negative). Tourists will be subject to random testing on arrival.

Visitors may have to take a test. They will have to self isolate for 24 hours at the address of their destination in Greece until the test results are out. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days in designated hotels, paid for by Greece.

Greece visitors must also fill out a passenger locator form.

Greece, along with Cyprus, are 2 of the only European countries that have stated they will cover testing, quarantine, and medical treatment costs for any travellers who test positive during their stay.

Athens (ATH) : Air Canada & Air Transat have not resumed flights, via Toronto or Montreal.

Iceland



Update: As of March 17th, Iceland is now open (without restrictions) to all fully vaccinated travellers (or those who have proof of previous infection), including Canadians.

Reykjavik (KEF) : Icelandair has not resumed flights from Toronto or Vancouver.

Ireland



At one point, Ireland was requiring everyone to restrict their movements for 14 days after arrival.

But they've now adopted the EU Traffic Light System. Canada is currently considered a 'red' country, meaning that you must restrict your movements for 5 days, and then take a PCR test. If the result is negative, you are no longer under any restrictions. You can find more info on the Aer Lingus website.

Dublin (DUB) : Aer Lingus and Air Canada have not resumed flights from Toronto.

Italy



Italy currently requires a 14 day quarantine upon entry

Update May 2021: Italy's Prime Minister has announced they will be allowing fully vaccinated tourists to enter Italy without restrictions or quarantine as early as this month, and they don't want to wait for Europe's Green Pass initiative in June. So far it's unclear exactly which non-European countries will be allowed to visit.

Visitors must also fill out a self declaration form.

I have heard that the Italian consulate has informed Canadians that if they have been in another Schengen country for at least two weeks before travelling to Italy, they don’t need to quarantine in Italy.

Rome (FCO) : Air Canada has not resumed flights via Toronto or Montreal. Air Transat has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Netherlands



The Netherlands started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st, 2020.

Update: As of October 24th, 2020 The Netherlands are no longer open for Canadians.

Visitors are required to carry this passenger health declaration form with them when they fly.

Amsterdam (AMS) : KLM has resumed flights via Toronto, but Air Canada has not. KLM has resumed flights via Calgary, Vancouver, and Montreal, but not Edmonton.

Poland



The IATA website is claiming that as of July 1st, 2020 passengers arriving from Canada are not subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Warsaw (WAW) : LOT has resumed flights via Toronto.

Portugal, The Azores, & Madeira



Mainland Portugal is closed for non-essential travel

The Azores and Madeira Islands require a covid test (paper format) issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival.

August 6th, 2020: Portugal announces that all tourists can now purchase covid-19 insurance at www.portugaltravelinsurance.com. It will cover medical and trip cancellation, interruption, or extension expenses due to covid-19.

Lisbon (LIS) : TAP has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Transat has not resumed flights via Montreal.

Oporto (OPO) : Air Transat and Azores Airlines have not resumed flights from Toronto.

Ponta Delgada (PDL) : Azores Airlines has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Spain & The Canary Islands



Spain started allowing Canadian tourists on July 3rd, 2020.

Update: As of October 30th, 2020 Spain is no longer open for Canadians.

Update: Spain has announced that they will be re-opening to all travellers in June 2021. They are testing out their own digital health pass in May on domestic flights.

Visitors must complete the health control form found at https://www.spth.gob.es/ - which will give you a QR code that you must present upon arrival in Spain.

Spain's Canary Islands have announced that they will cover all expenses related to COVID-19 including medical expenses, health repatriation and extension of stay due to quarantine, if you contract COVID-19 after you arrive.

There are not currently any direct flights from Canada to Spain.
You would need to connect through the EU (such as Amsterdam or Frankfurt).

Sweden



Sweden started allowing Canadian tourists on July 4th, 2020.

Update: As of October 29th, 2020 Sweden is no longer open for Canadians.

There are not currently any direct flights from Canada to Sweden.

You would need to connect through the EU (such as Amsterdam or Frankfurt).

Switzerland



Switzerland opened back up to Canadian tourists on July 20th, 2020.

Update Nov 2, 2020: Canadians are no longer allowed to visit Switzerland.

Geneva (GVA) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Montreal.

Zurich (ZRH) : SWISS has resumed flights from Montreal. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Turkey



Canadians need to apply for an e-visa, which they had to do before COVID as well.

There are no mandatory tests or forms.

Update: As of Dec 28th, 2020 everyone traveling to Turkey will need to bring a 72 hour negative PCR test result.

Istanbul (IST) : Turkish Airlines has resumed flights from Toronto and Montreal.

Other countries in Europe that are now open for Canadian tourists, but also don't have direct flights from Canada

To visit these countries, you would need to connect through Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, etc - as there are not any direct flights (non-stop) scheduled from Canada.

Albania - opened on July 1st, 2020

Armenia - opened on August 12th, 2020 (negative PCR test required to bypass 14- day quarantine)

Austria - opened on September 28th, 2020 (closed as of Dec 26th, 2020)

Belarus - opened on July 15th, 2020

Bosnia & Herzegovina - opened on September 12th, 2020 (negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure)

Bulgaria - opened on July 16th, 2020

Cyprus - opened on July 16th, 2020 (closed as of Nov 9th, 2020)

Czech Republic - opened on July 15th, 2020 (closed as of Oct 22nd, 2020)

Estonia - open without restrictions for vaccinated Canadians

Georgia - open to Canadians (without restrictions) that have received both doses of a vaccine

Kosovo - opened on September 15th, 2020

Latvia - opened on July 1st, 2020 (closed as of Oct 24th, 2020)

Luxembourg - opened on July 1st, 2020 (closed as of Nov 1, 2020)

Macedonia (North) - opened on July 1st, 2020

Malta - opened on July 11th, 2020 as of Dec 20th, 2020 a 72 hour negative PCR test is required as of April 15th, 2021, travellers with proof of full vaccination do not need a negative test result to visit Malta

Moldova - vaccinated tourists can bypass Moldova's 14 day quarantine

Montenegro - opened on July 8th, 2020 (requires 48 hour PCR test, or proof of recovery, or being fully vaccinated)

Romania - opened on July 7th, 2020 (closed as of Nov 25th, 2020)

Serbia - opened on May 22nd, 2020 now requires recent PCR test for all arrivals

Slovakia - opened on October 1st, 2020

Slovenia - opened on July 17th, 2020 (update: Canadians are now required to quarantine)

Ukraine - opened on September 28th, 2020

CENTRAL AMERICA

Upon return to Canada you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Costa Rica



Costa Rica is the one country in Central America allowing Canadian tourists to visit again (update: there are now three). They re-opened to Canadian visitors on August 1st.

Visitors are required to complete the digital form at https://ccss.now.sh/), and purchase travel insurance that covers both medical expenses and accommodation in case of quarantine.

The digital form is also available at https://salud.go.cr/

On October 26th, Costa Rica eliminated the requirement to bring a negative test result for entry. The insurance is still required.

Technically, Costa Rica allows you to use insurance purchased outside Costa Rica, as long as it meets these 3 criteria.

However, due to one of the requirements being 'minimum coverage of $2,000 for accommodation expenses related to COVID-19', which no North American insurance company offers (that I'm aware of), you're basically forced to buy insurance through an agency in Costa Rica. Two Costa Rican insurance agencies to look at are www.ins-cr.com and www.sagicor.cr

San Jose (SJO) : Air Canada has resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights from Montreal on Dec 19th (previously Dec 6th). Westjet is scheduled to resume flights from Toronto on Jan 9th (previously Dec 5th, Nov 7th, Oct 10th, and Sep 5th).

Liberia (LIR) : Air Canada has resumed flights from Toronto. Westjet has resumed flights from Toronto. Westjet is scheduled to resume flights from Calgary on Feb 20th (previously Nov 5th, Dec 5th, Jan 5th) but it's unlikely that they will this season. Sunwing is scheduled to resume flights from Toronto on Nov 30th.

Canadians looking for a PCR test in Costa Rica can check out the info in this blog post.

Westjet is maintaining a list of locations in Costa Rica that have PCR testing, with prices.

They also have a list of hotels in Costa Rica with on-site testing and prices.



El Salvador



El Salvador re-opened for Canadian tourists on September 19th, 2020. A negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours of departure is required.

Update April 15th, 2021: Fully vaccinated travellers who bring proof of their vaccination are now exempt from the PCR testing requirement.

San Salvador (SAL) : Avianca has resumed flights from Toronto.

Panama



Panama re-opened for Canadians on October 12th. A negative PCR or antigen test result from within 48 hours of departure is required. If a passenger's test result is more than 48 hours old, they will need to take a rapid test at Panama City airport (PTY) at a cost of $30 USD.

Tourists with proof of vaccination may not need to show a negative test result to enter Panama (it's still a little unclear).

Passengers must also complete an electronic affidavit available on the Visit Panama website. Insurance is not required, but recommended.

Panama City (PTY) : COPA has resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada is no longer scheduled to resume flights (previously November 1st).

Other countries in Central America that have opened to Canadians (or are opening soon), but do not currently have direct flights from Canada

Belize - reopened on October 1st (negative PCR test within 96 hours of departure, or be tested on arrival and wait for results. Vaccinated travelers can now enter Belize without presenting a test result. Direct flights are scheduled to resume from Toronto to BZE with Westjet on Nov 3rd, 2021. Passengers must also download the Belize Health App. More info can be found here.

Guatemala - Guatemala reopened for Canadian tourists on September 18th. A negative PCR test result taken with 72 hours of departure is required. Vaccinated travellers can now enter Guatemala without restrictions (no test results or quarantines) There are no direct flights from Canada to Guatemala scheduled for the near future. You can fly from Canada to Guatemala City through Toronto with COPA, or connect through the U.S.

Honduras - Honduras opened to Canadians on August 17th. A negative covid test (either rapid or PCR) taken within 72 hours of arrival is required. This is about the only country accepting a rapid test. Roatan (RTB) - Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on December 13th.

Nicaragua - Nicaragua is planning to re-open for Canadian tourists on October 1st. A negative PCR test result within 72 hours of departure is required. There are no direct flights from Canada to Nicaragua scheduled for the near future. You can fly from Canada to Mexico City to Managua with Aeromexico, or connect through the U.S.

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil



Brazil re-opened for Canadian tourists on July 30th.

Visitors must have proof of travel health insurance that covers covid for the duration of their trip. You will need to show proof of this before departing at the airport, and again upon arrival.

Update December 17th: As of December 30th, everyone travelling to Brazil is required to show proof of a recent negative PCR test (within 72 hours of your departing flight that takes you to Brazil). You must also fill out the DSV form.

Sao Paulo (GRU) : Air Canada has suspended their flights from Toronto to Sao Paulo, as of Feb 16th.

Chile



Chile re-opened for Canadian tourists on November 23rd.

Update: As of Jan 4th, 2021 - anyone traveling to Chile must now quarantine for at least 10 days. It is possible to leave quarantine on day 7 after a negative PCR test.

A negative PCR test result from up to 72 hours before arrival into Chile is required. Visitors will be required to use a contact tracing app.

Chile also requires health insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000.

Colombia



Colombia re-opened for Canadian tourists on September 21st.

As of November 4th, Colombia no longer requires a negative test result for entry.

Bogota (BOG) : Air Canada has suspended their flights from Toronto to Bogota, as of Feb 16th.

Other countries in South America that have opened for Canadian tourists, but don't have direct flights from Canada

Ecuador - Ecuador re-opened for Canadian tourists (without quarantine) on August 16th. A negative covid PCR test result, taken within the last 10 days, is required. Update March 22: Vaccinated tourists can now enter Ecuador, including the Galapagos, without a test result. You also need to complete the health declaration form. Air Canada has no plans to resume their flights from Toronto to Quito, which were the only direct flights from Canada to Ecuador. You would need to connect through the U.S. or Mexico City.

Paraguay - Paraguay re-opened for Canadian tourists on December 15th. A negative covid test result, taken within the last 72 hours, is required. Paraguay is accepting PCR, LAMP, and nucleic acid tests. You would need to connect through the U.S. or Mexico City.

Peru - Peru re-opened for Canadian tourists on November 4th, 2020. Update: As of March 15th, 2021 - Peru is no longer requiring a 14 day quarantine. Passengers traveling to Peru are required to show a negative PCR test result OR an antigen test with proof of recovery that is less than 72 hours old. Travellers to Peru must also fill out an online declaration form. There are not currently any direct flights from Canada to Peru. You would need to connect through the U.S., Mexico City (Aeromexico), or Panama (COPA).

THE MIDDLE EAST

Jordan



Jordan re-opened to Canadian tourists on September 8th.

A negative PCR test result that is no older than 72 hours is required. You must also take another PCR test upon arrival.

Amman (AMM) - Royal Jordanian is scheduled to resume flights from Montreal on October 1st.

United Arab Emirates



The UAE started allowing Canadian tourists on July 7th.

Canadians need to register on an app, and bring a recent negative test result (taken within 96 hours before departure), and have health insurance.

Note: Emirates (the airline) is providing free medical insurance for COVID-19 for it's passengers.

Dubai (DXB) : Emirates has resumed flights from Toronto.

Abu Dhabi (AUH) : Etihad has resumed flights from Toronto. Abu Dhabi is expected to re-open to international tourists again soon.

Other countries in The Middle East that have opened for Canadian tourists, but don't have direct flights from Canada

Lebanon - Tourists who present proof of vaccination do not need to quarantine upon arrival, or present a negative covid test result. (Possibly a PCR test will be performed upon arrival at the airport?)

Oman - Oman re-opened for Canadian tourists on December 10th. Tourists are allowed to visit for 7-10 days. Passengers must take a PCR test upon arrival at Muscat International Airport (MCT) at a cost of $65 USD. Passengers must self-isolate at their hotel while they await test results (12-24 hours). Tourists must have a travel health insurance policy that covers covid, and is valid for 1 month (even if your trip is only 1 week). You must also have proof of onward travel and a confirmed hotel or rental booking. And download the Tarassud+ contact tracing app. And fill out the pre-travel registration form.

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Morocco



Morocco re-opened for Canadian travelers on September 15th.

Travelers need to have either an invitation from a Moroccan company or a confirmed local hotel reservation.

And all incoming travelers must produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test dated within 48 hours of departure, or a serological test which can be dated outside of the 48-hour window.

Morocco remains under a health state of emergency until Oct. 10 which involves strict curfews in some areas, as well as letters of permission issued by local authorities (a hotel reservation in another city qualifies as sufficient reason to obtain a travel authorization).

Casablanca (CMN) : Royal Air Maroc has resumed flights from Montreal. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights from Montreal on November 6th.

French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora)



Update Feb 8: French Polynesia has closed their borders to tourists.

French Polynesia will start allowing Canadian tourists on July 15th.

Canadians must present a recent negative PCR covid test before boarding the flight, and they will be tested again on arrival.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Tahiti or Bora Bora. You need to connect through San Francisco or Los Angeles.

The Maldives



The Maldives re-opened to Canadian tourists on July 15th, 2020.

A negative PCR test, administered no more than 96 hours before departure is required.

Travellers can expect to have their temperature taken and need to fill out a health declaration card.

Update April 21, 2021: Fully vaccinated tourists can now skip the 96 hour PCR test result requirement.

There are no direct flights from Canada to the Maldives.

The Seychelles



The Seychelles are open to any tourist, without restriction, that has been fully vaccinated (2 doses, if required).

Travelers must show an 'authentic certificate' of one of “the four vaccines currently receiving heavy media exposure” in addition to a negative result from a Covid-19 test taken less than 72 hours prior to traveling.

Vaccinated travelers must also stay in hotels or guesthouses that have been certified for so-called “Category 1” travelers. There are currently 532 of these hotels.

Africa

Kenya



Kenya re-opened to Canadian tourists on August 1st.

All passengers arriving in Kenya must have a PCR Covid-19 negative certificate for a test conducted 96 hours prior to travel.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Kenya. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, or through New York (direct to Nairobi).

Rwanda



Rwanda re-opened to Canadian tourists on June 17th.

A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required. And be ready to be tested again upon arrival.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Rwanda. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam with KLM.

South Africa



South Africa re-opened to Canadian tourists on October 1st.

A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of flying is required to avoid quarantine. If travellers do not bring a recent test result, they can be tested on arrival (at their own expense). If the result is negative, the traveller will be permitted to enter. But if the result is positive (or the traveller refuses to be tested), the traveller will have to quarantine at a designated centre at their own cost.

Airlines will also be required to ensure that travellers to South Africa have travel insurance before boarding.

There are no direct flights from Canada to South Africa. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam or London.

Tanzania



Tanzania has been open to Canadian tourists since the beginning of June.

A negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours is required for entry.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Tanzania. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam with KLM.

Tunisia



Tunisia has been open to Canadian tourists since June 27th, 2020.

A negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours is required for entry, along with a 7 day hotel quarantine, and another PCR test to be released from quarantine.

Update: As of May 8, 2021 fully vaccinated Canadians (both doses) can bypass the PCR test and hotel quarantine restrictions. It's also possible to bypass these restrictions with just your first dose of AstraZeneca.

Tunis (TUN) : Tunisair has resumed flights from Montreal.

Before boarding you must show the results of a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure)

Uganda



Uganda re-opened to Canadian tourists on October 1st.

A negative PCR test result from within 72 hours of depature is required. Another PCR test is required to leave the country.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Uganda. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam or London.

Other countries around the world that have re-opened for Canadian tourists, but also don't have direct flights from Canada

Egypt - A negative PCR test certificate is required (performed no more than 96 hours before departure of the flight that brings you into Egypt). Canada also qualifies for the visa on arrival program.

Ghana - Ghana re-opened to Canadian tourists on September 1st. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure is required. You must also take another test at the airport in Ghana, on arrival.

Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka re-opened to Canadian tourists on January 21st. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required. Visitors will also be tested on arrival, and on day 7 of their trip. Visitors must also apply for an online visa, and have accommodation booked at one of 52 approved properties. Tourists may not leave their hotel for the first 14 days, except to visit any of the 14 approved tourist sites. After those 14 days, tourists are allowed to interact with the communities in Sri Lanka and move to a different accommodation of their choosing. As of April 7, 2021, Sri Lanka has removed some restrictions for vaccinated travellers (1 less PCR test, and only a 24-48 hour quarantine)

Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan re-opened to Canadian tourists in December. A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure is required.

Zambia - Zambia re-opened to Canadian tourists on August 27th. A negative PCR test from within the last 14 days is required. There is no quarantine on arrival.

Other countries around the world that will be re-opening for Canadian tourists soon, but also don't have direct flights from Canada

Bali, Indonesia - Had planned to re-open on September 11th, but there are indications that this could be delayed. Bali has postponed their re-opening until at least early 2021.

Thailand - Planning to partially re-open in 2021, and allow vaccinated travellers to travel quarantine free in certain areas. They've launched a website to make it easier to organize the required documentation, and are creating their own vaccine passport.

Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe will be re-opening on October 1st. A negative PCR test certificate from a recognized facility, taken within 48 hours, is required.

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Are there any travel insurance providers that have COVID-19 medical coverage for Canadians?

Between March and June it was nearly impossible to find medical coverage for COVD-19. Most insurance companies were telling people 'due to the current travel advisory in place, coverage for covid is not available.'

But then around July we started to see market forces at work, and a couple of insurance companies started to offer coverage for covid, even while the Canadian government recommendation not to travel was still in place.

That got the ball rolling, and there are now 13 insurance companies offering medical coverage for covid-19 (see below).

Certain countries (Dominican Republic, Jamaica), airlines (Air Canada, Westjet, Air Transat, Sunwing, Emirates, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic), and vacation package operators (Air Canada Vacations, Westjet Vacations, Sunwing Vacations, Transat Vacations) are also starting to include covid-19 insurance for free.


Sunlife

1. Sunlife / Allianz

I've heard from a few people who mentioned their Sunlife group benefits through their workplace have confirmed that they would be covered for out of country medical expenses related to covid.

This June 23rd update on the Sunlife website seems to confirm that. Also see the following 2 PDF documents PDF 1 - PDF 2.

PDF 2 explicitly mentions that out-of-country medical coverage is available to plan members, even while the Government of Canada recommendation to avoid non-essential travel is still in place.


Green Shield Canada

2. Green Shield Canada

Green Shield Canada announced that as of August 15th, they are offering medical coverage for covid-19 on all standard GSC travel plans.

This additional coverage will apply to all destinations globally – regardless of the COVID-19 travel advisory being in place or the reason for travel.

www.greenshield.ca


Manulife

3. Manulife

Manulife has announced that starting in October they will offer coverage for covid-19, including medical (up to $200,000) and trip interruption insurance.

Manulife has also stated that coverage is available even while the government of Canada has their blanket 'avoid non-essential travel' recommendation applied to every country.

www.manulife.ca


HeyMondo

4. HeyMondo

HeyMondo has stated that all insurance plans you see on their website cover medical assistance and expenses, even in the event of infection by coronavirus.

www.heymondo.com


SafetyWing

5. SafetyWing's 'Nomad Insurance'

SafetyWing has confirmed that even with the current Government of Canada travel advisory in place, they are offering plans for Canadians that cover covid-19.

www.safetywing.com

Coverage for covid-19 works the same as any other illness as long as it was not contracted before your coverage start date.

Plans start at $40 USD for 4 weeks, or $73 USD if your trip involves travel to the U.S.

Coverage - up to $250,000
Deductible - $250
Trip Interruption – up to $5000
Lost Checked Luggage – up to $3000
Political Evacuation – up to $10,000

NOTE: SafetyWing can only be purchased by Canadians once they are physically outside of Canada (such as when you land at your destination or once the plane leaves Canadian territory.)


Ontario Blue Cross

6. Ontario Blue Cross & Quebec Blue Cross

Yes, it's true, Blue Cross has just announced (July 24th) that their emergency medical care benefit will now include coverage for COVID-19 providing the insured person does not show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 prior to departure.

The Emergency Medical Care benefit covers the insured person even if a government notice 'not to travel' is in place.

Trip Cancellation or Interruption related to COVID-19 is not available.


Medipac

7. Medipac's 'Early Bird Special' plan.

www.medipac.com

Medipac is the official insurance provider for the Canadian Snowbird Association and they've announced that their 'Early Bird Special' plan provides coverage for COVID-19 medical claims. While Medipac's demographic is snowbirds heading to Florida, anyone can apply.

You can find the details in this PDF file. The Medipac website seems pretty terrible, and all Google roads for the 'Early Bird Special plan' seem to lead to snowbirds.org or calling for more info.


MSH International

8. MSH International - an insurance agency for 'globally mobile citizens' that seems to be based out of France.

On their FAQ page about COVID-19, MSH claims that 'COVID-19 coronavirus treatment costs are covered in the same way as any medical condition, whether for consultations, lab work, medical imaging or hospitalization.'

www.msh-intl.com

MSH's home office in the Americas is in Toronto. In North America, they go by the name Ingle International and their website is www.ingleinternational.com

In the Ingle International FAQ about COVID-19, which seems to be old (dated March 26th) they state that new policies do not cover COVID-19 for Canadian travellers.


Trawick International

9. Trawick International's 'Safe Travels International Cost Saver' plan.

www.trawickinternational.com

Trawick claims that COVID-19 expenses are covered and treated as any other sickness.

However, Trawick explicitly mentions that travel to the United States is *not* covered.


Seven Corners

10. Seven Corners - a U.S. insurance agency that will also insure Canadians and offers medical insurance plans that cover COVID.

www.sevencorners.com

Their Liaison Travel Plus plan specifically mentions medical coverage for COVID worldwide.


Goose Insurance

11. Goose Insurance

www.gooseinsurance.com

On October 1st, Goose Insurance launched a stand-alone pandemic medical insurance policy in partnership with Lloyd’s of London and MSH International with up to $500,000 of coverage for pandemic-related emergency medical treatment while traveling. The price is $99 (annual, for unlimited trips of 30 days or less).

more info: https://www.gooseinsurance.com/en/travel-insurance/covid-insurance




Medjet Assist

12. Medjet

www.medjetassist.com

Medjet is an insurance company that focuses on arranging medical transfer to the hospital of your choice, in your home country. It's essentially medical evacuation insurance that you can buy in addition to your usual medical insurance.

Travel must be in one of the 48 U.S. states that they cover, or to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands. (It does not include other regions).

Medjet announced in September that they would be covering covid-19 related medical transfers.

more info: https://medjetassist.com/medjet-blog/blog/2020/01/24/medjet-services-alert-coronavirus


Tugo

13. Tugo

www.tugo.com

Tugo is now offering covid-19 insurance for emergency medical and related quarantine expenses.

It also includes a trip interruption benefit if the Government of Canada’s travel advisory changes to a Level 4 (avoid all travel) during your trip and you choose to come home early.

It's available for single trips worldwide or to the USA.

more info: https://www.tugo.com/en/travel-insurance/COVID-19/

Where can I take a COVID-19 PCR test with results in 24 hours or less?

Currently, there isn't anyone that can *guarantee* a result in 24 hours or less. But...

In Toronto, multiple people have reported getting PCR test results back in less than 24 hours from...

- UHN Toronto Western Hospital

- Sinai Health

- Toronto East General / Michael Garron Hospital

- Women's College Hospital (can book ahead online to fast track the line)

- Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill, Brandsen Hospital in North York, Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington

- Switch Health (Eglinton West location, inside the Rexall) - private service, $180

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      Join the group for your city and find out!



(click 'Join Group', at the top-right, when you arrive)






Follow the deals on Twitter!
      Follow Twitter for the latest deals and       updates from your city...



(click 'Follow', when you arrive)


Follow the deals with RSS!
      Follow the deals from your city with your      favorite RSS reader...