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Where Canadians Can Travel (and what they have to go through to get there)



Last updated: September 14th, 2020

For many of us, international travel is off the table right now. Two of the biggest obstacles are the lack of many medical insurance options that cover COVID-19, and the fact that you need to self-isolate for 14 days when you return.

Update: There are now 10 insurance companies that cover covid-19, and certain countries, airlines and vacation package operators are starting to include covid insurance.

That being said, there are currently 71 countries that are welcoming Canadian tourists back.

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: Which countries are open to Canadians, but not to Americans?

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'.

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 open for non-essential travel. It's the *land* border that's closed for non-essential travel.

Flights from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary to nearly all major U.S. cities have resumed (albeit with a reduced schedule). But it's also no secret that our next door neighbour has had some big problems handling the pandemic.

The following U.S. states are currently as safe, or safer, than Ontario:
(in order, starting with the safest)
Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont, Maine, Montana, Oregon, West Virginia, Utah, Kansas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Idaho.

In other words, the states where relatively few people live.

For all other U.S. states, you may want to assume the risk is greater than being in Canada.

NOTE: Certain U.S. states do have quarantine and other restrictions when traveling from certain other U.S. states. This CNN article breaks it down state by state.

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


HAWAII



Update: Hawaii has delayed their quarantine removal plans until October 15th due to an increase in coronavirus cases, particularly on the mainland of the U.S.

Starting October 15th, Hawaii is expected to allow 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 printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result.

The FDA-approved Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) must be from a certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) lab and will need to be done prior to arrival. No testing will be done upon arrival at the airport.

Hawaii Tourism Authority and Hawaii Tourism Canada are working to see how the Hawaii Department of Health can accept tests taken by Canadian provincial health authorities as valid for the pre-testing program. There are a select few private CLIA-certified laboratories in Canada where travellers can get an approved test.

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.

Honolulu (HNL) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Vancouver on August 2nd. Ditto for Westjet, August 5th.

Maui (OGG) : Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Vancouver on August 5th.

MEXICO



Mexico is a country that never really closed to Canadians. No testing or quarantine required. Air Canada and Westjet have resumed some flights to Cancun.

Cancun (CUN) : Direct flights from Toronto & Montreal have resumed. Calgary & Vancouver are scheduled to resume October 11th (previsouly Sep 5th).

Mexico City (MEX) : Direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver have resumed.

Puerto Vallarta (PVR): Direct flights from Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto are scheduled to resume with Westjet on October 6th (previously Sep 5th). Direct flights from Edmonton are scheduled to resume October 27th with Swoop.

San Jose del Cabo (SJD): Direct flights from Calgary & Vancouver are scheduled to resume October 7th (previously Sep 5th).

Mazatlan (MZT): Direct flights from Edmonton are scheduled to resume October 28th with Swoop.

CARIBBEAN

To most destinations in the Caribbean, you need to present the results of a recent COVID-19 PCR test showing no infection.

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

Antigua & Barbuda



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

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

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

Antigua (ANU) : Air Canada is showing scheduled flights from Toronto starting October 3rd (previously September & August). Ditto for Westjet on October 11th.

Aruba



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

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

Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights on October 3rd. Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 10th (previously September 5th, and August 8th).

Bahamas



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

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: Due to a rise in cases, Canadians must now take a PCR test before arrival, and undergo a 14 day quarantine, and take another PCR test to be released. In other words, visiting the Bahamas is not realistic at this time.

Update: Starting October 15th, the Bahamas will be introducing a mandatory 14-day 'Vacation-In-Place' program, at a hotel, private club or rented accommodations such as an Airbnb, or on a private boat. See https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening for more details. It's basically a re-branding of the 14-day quarantine experience.

Nassau (NAS) : Air Canada has resumed flights via Toronto. Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 5th (previously September 7th & August 8th). Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Montreal on October 3rd (previously September 12th).

Barbados



Barbados started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 12th.

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.

Bridgetown (BGI) : Air Canada flights have resumed via Toronto. Westjet flights are scheduled to resume October 5th (previously August 26th & August 5th).

Bermuda



Bermuda started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st.

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.

Bermuda (BDA) : Air Canada has resumed flights to Bermuda, via Toronto. Westjet's flights are scheduled to start October 8th (previously September 5th & August 6th).

Cayman Islands



The Cayman Islands will be re-opening for Canadian tourists on September 1st. Update: The re-opening has been delayed to at least October 1st.

A 5 day quarantine is required. As well as a negative PCR covid test, and another test after the 5th day of your stay, *and* you need to wear a health monitor.

George Town (GCM) : Westjet is scheduled to resume flights on October 11th (previously September 6th) via Toronto. Ditto for Air Canada, on October 3rd (previously September 12th).

Cuba



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

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 has resumed flights from Montreal. Air Transat is scheduled to resume flights from Toronto and Montreal on November 1st (previously September 4th).
Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 10th (previously September 5th).

Havana (HAV) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 1st (previously September 8th).

Santa Clara (SNU) : Air Canada is no longer scheduled to resume flights via Toronto (previously September 9th).

Varadero (VRA) : Air Canada is no longer scheduled to resume flights via Toronto or Montreal (previously September 10th).

Curacao



Curacao started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st.

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 is no longer showing scheduled flights until October 4th (previously September 13th).

Dominican Republic



Canadian visitors are required to have a negative covid-19 PCR test result, taken within the last 5 days.

If no proof of testing is available, visitors will undergo a quick test administered by government personnel, upon arrival at no additional cost.

Children 5 years and younger, as well as crew members, are exempt.

At the end of September, the DR plans to randomly test 3% to 10% of passengers on arrival with a rapid test, and eliminate the requirement for a negative covid-19 test prior to arrival.

There will also be a free travel assistance plan put in place until December 2020 for all tourists visiting a hotel, which, in addition to emergency coverage, includes COVID-19 tests and covers costs for a long-term stay.

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

Travellers must fill out a Traveller’s Health Affidavit. More info can be found here.

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.

Punta Cana (PUJ) : Air Canada's flights via Montreal & Toronto have resumed. Air Transat has resumed flights via Montreal. Westjet's flights via Toronto are scheduled to resume October 6th (previously September 5th and August 5th). Air Transat's flights via Toronto are scheduled to resume October 31st (previously October 3rd and July 25th).

Puerto Plata (POP) : Air Canada's flights via Toronto are no longer scheduled to resume (previously September 8th). Air Canada's flights via Montreal are no longer scheduled to resume (previously September 10th).

Samana (AZS) : Air Canada's flights via Montreal are scheduled to resume on October 3rd (previously September 12th).

Grenada



Grenada re-opened for Canadian tourists on August 1st. 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.

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.

Grenada (GND) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 2nd (previously resumed flying, and then stopped).

Guadeloupe



Guadeloupe reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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

Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Montreal on October 1st (previously had resumed flights, and then stopped).

Haiti



Haiti reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st.

There is some confusion as to whether or not a 14-day quarantine is required. Some official sources say yes, others say no.

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

Port-au-Prince (PAP) : Air Transat has resumed flights from Montreal (started August 12th).

Jamaica



Jamaica started allowing Canadian tourists on June 15th.

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.

Kingston (KIN) : Air Canada, Westjet and Caribbean Airlines have resumed flights, via Toronto.

Montego Bay (MBJ) : Air Canada and Sunwing have resumed flights via Toronto. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Montreal on October 7th (previously September 9th). Westjet is no longer scheduled to resume flights from Montreal (previously August 15th).

Martinique



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 has resumed flights via Montreal.

Saint Lucia



You need to bring a recent negative covid test taken within 48 hours of departure (very tough to do!).

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.

Hewanorra (UVF) : Air Canada flights, via Toronto, are scheduled to resume October 3rd (previously September 5th, August 1st, and August 22nd). Westjet flights are scheduled to resume via Toronto on November 5th (previously September 6th, and August 9th).

Saint Maarten



Saint Maarten started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

Sint Maarten (SXM) : Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on November 5th (previously September 6th, and August 9th).

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines



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

Canadians need to fill out a questionnaire and will be given a PCR COVID-19 test upon arrival. Visitors must quarantine at their private accommodations for 24 hours while awaiting the results of the test.

Exception: Travellers entering with approved documentation of a negative (IgG & IgM) COVID-19 antibody test done within the past 5 days *and* a negative SVG COVID-19 PCR test, will not need to quarantine.

Saint Vincent (SVD) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 1st (had previously resumed, then stopped).

Turks & Caicos



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

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 is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 3rd (had previously resumed, then stopped). Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on November 6th (previously September 5th, and August 8th). Air Canada resumes flights from Montreal on October 4th (previously September 13th, and August 2nd).

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

Anguilla - opening on August 21st. 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.

Dominica - opened on August 7th (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 - opened on June 22nd. A recent negative PCR test is required.

U.S. Virgin Islands - opened on June 1st. 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: 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

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 will be required to pass a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of travel (this is changing to 72 hours on September 1st), complete the digital form at https://ccss.now.sh/ (which requires you to upload your test result), and purchase travel insurance that covers both medical expenses and accommodation in case of quarantine.

The only COVID-19 test that is accepted is the real-time polymerase chain reaction test (PCR-RT). Rapid tests, serological tests, or immunity tests will not be accepted.

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

The travel insurance must be purchased from an insurer in Costa Rica. Canadians have complained that the insurance is very expensive and has less coverage than cheaper options with covid medical coverage available elsewhere.

Update: Costa Rica has changed their mind about forcing people to buy their expensive insurance. You can now use insurance purchased elsewhere 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) : Westjet is scheduled to resume flights on October 10th (previously September 5th), via Toronto. Ditto for Air Canada, October 3rd (previously September 12th).

Liberia (LIR) : Westjet is scheduled to resume flights on October 10th (previously September 5th), via Toronto. Ditto for Air Canada, October 6th (previously September 8th).

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

Belize - reopening October 1st (negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or tested and wait for results on arrival). Direct flights are scheduled to resume from Toronto to BZE with Westjet on October 28th. 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. There are no direct flights from Canada to Guatemala scheduled for the near future. You can fly from Canada to Mexico City to Managua with Aeromexico, 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.


EUROPE

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

Croatia



Croatia started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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.

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.

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

Copenhagen (CPH) : No direct flights from Canada in the near future (Air Canada is scheduled to resume via Toronto on October 27th). You would need to connect through the EU (such as Amsterdam or Frankfurt).

France



France started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

Paris (CDG) : Air France has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Canada and Air France have resumed flights via Montreal. Air Transat has resumed flights via Montreal. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on October 2nd (previously September 1st, and August 4th before that, so Air Canada's flights from Toronto are not looking good). Westjet resumes flights via Calgary on September 3rd (previously August 20th).

Paris (ORY) : Level France is showing flights via Montreal starting September 1st, but Level France recently announced that they were 'pre-emptively winding down operations'. A consultation with unions is set to begin on July 15th.

Toulouse (TLS) : Air Transat has resumed flights via Montreal.

Germany



Germany started allowing Canadian tourists on July 2nd.

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. Eurowing has resumed flights via Calgary. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Calgary on October 3rd (previously September 1st). The chances of Calgary actually resuming flights to Frankfurt in 2020 are becoming weak.

Munich (MUC) : Air Canada & Lufthansa have resumed flights from Montreal and Toronto.

Greece



Greece started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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 resumed flights, via Toronto & Montreal.

Iceland



As of July 16th, Canada is one of the 14 countries that Iceland is allowing tourists to visit from, without having to quarantine.

Passengers will be screened on arrival with a covid PCR test, for the cost of 11,000 ISK ($106 CAD) or 9,000 ISK ($86 CAD) if paid in advance and must download Iceland's tracing app.

Update: Iceland tourists must now take a second PCR test, 5-6 days into their trip.

Reykjavik (KEF) : Icelandair's flights are scheduled to resume via Toronto on October 5th (previously August 19th).

Italy



Italy currently requires a 14 day quarantine.

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 resumed flights via Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on July 27th.

Netherlands



The Netherlands started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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

Amsterdam (AMS) : Air Canada and KLM have resumed flights via Toronto. KLM has resumed flights via Calgary, Vancouver, and Montreal. KLM is scheduled to resume flights via Edmonton on October 27th.

Poland



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

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

Portugal, The Azores, & Madeira



Portugal re-opened for Canadian tourists on July 7th.

Neither a quarantine nor a covid test is required for mainland Portugal.

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

August 6th: 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 resumed flights via Montreal. TAP is scheduled to start flights from Montreal on August 1st.

Oporto (OPO) : Air Transat has resumed flights from Toronto. Azores Airlines is no longer showing scheduled flights via Toronto (previously July 20th).

Ponta Delgada (PDL) : Azores Airlines has resumed flights from Toronto.

Spain & The Canary Islands



Spain started allowing Canadian tourists on July 3rd.

There are not any direct flights from Canada to Spain scheduled until late August (Barcelona via Toronto).
You would need to connect through the EU (such as Amsterdam or Frankfurt).

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.

Sweden



Sweden started allowing Canadian tourists on July 4th.

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

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

Switzerland



Switzerland will be allowing Canadian tourists on July 20th.

Geneva (GVA) : Air Canada has resumed flights from Montreal.

Zurich (ZRH) : Air Canada has resumed flights from Toronto. SWISS has resumed flights from Montreal.

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.

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

Other countries in Europe that are now open for Canadian tourists, and don't require quarantine or a COVID test, 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
Armenia - opened on August 12th (negative PCR test required to bypass 14- day quarantine)
Belarus - opened on July 15th
Bosnia & Herzegovina - opened on September 12th (negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure)
Bulgaria - opened on July 16th
Cyprus - opened on July 16th
Czech Republic - opened on July 15th
Estonia - opened on July 6th
Georgia - no longer opening to Canadians as planned
Kosovo - opened on September 15th
Latvia - opened on July 1st
Lithuania - opened on August 1st
Luxembourg - opened on July 1st
Macedonia (North) - opened on July 1st
Malta - opened on July 11th
Montenegro - opened on July 8th
Romania - opened on July 7th
Serbia - opened on May 22nd
Slovenia - opened on July 17th (update: Canadians are now required to quarantine)

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil



Brazil re-opened for Canadian tourists on July 30th. Visitors must have travel insurance that covers Covid.

Sao Paulo (GRU) : Air Canada is showing scheduled flights from Toronto to Sao Paulo starting September 1st.

Colombia



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

Tourists must bring a negative PCR test result, taken within 96 hours of departure.

Bogota (BOG) : Air Canada is showing scheduled flights via Toronto starting October 25th.

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. 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.

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.

EXOTIC & FAR AWAY

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)



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.

There are no testing or quarantine protocols in effect at the moment. Travellers can expect to have their temperature taken and need to fill out a health declaration card.

There are no direct flights from Canada to the Maldives.

Africa

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

Sri Lanka - reopening August 15th (recent negative PCR test, and another test upon arrival) Update: Due to a rise in cases, Sri Lanka has postponed their reopening.

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

Which countries are open to Canadians, but not to Americans?

Yes, it's a little prejudiced, but I have had quite a few people ask me which countries are currently open for Canadian residents, but not U.S. residents, due to concerns about the high number of active covid cases in the U.S.

So, here is the list of places that are currently open to Canadian residents, but closed to American residents :

CARIBBEAN
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Guadeloupe
Martinique

CENTRAL AMERICA
Costa Rica (passengers from lower risk U.S. states are allowed in)

EUROPE

(in some cases, U.S. residents may be allowed into the following countries, if they've been in another European country for 14 days, it's a bit of a loophole)

Bulgaria
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
France
Germany
Greece
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal & the Azores
Romania
Slovenia
Spain & The Canary Islands
Sweden
Switzerland

EXOTIC & FAR AWAY

Tunisia

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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 10 insurance companies offering medical coverage for covid-19 (see below).

Certain countries (Dominican Republic), airlines (Air Canada, Westjet, Sunwing, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic), and vacation package operators (Air Canada Vacations, Westjet Vacations, Sunwing 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


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.

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



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