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



Last updated: September 23rd, 2021

As Canadians return to travel, this blog post will be kept up to date with all the latest changes.

For most of us, travel, especially international travel, has been off the table for a very long time.

As countries in Europe and a few other regions in the world opened back up for international tourists in May and June 2021, and Canadians become increasingly well vaccinated, it is mainly the restrictions when coming back home to Canada that were keeping the travel floodgates from opening.

These restrictions have started to loosen, with the quarantine requirements removed for the fully vaccinated upon return to Canada.

And domestically, all of Canada's provinces have re-opened for recreational travel.

Index Of Questions

What restrictions are there for Canadians returning home to Canada by air?
What restrictions are there for Canadians returning home to Canada by land?

When will these restrictions end?

Which countries are Canadian tourists currently allowed to visit?

     Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists
     Index of Destinations That Are Closed For Canadian Tourists

What are the entry requirements or restrictions for the country I want to visit?

Are there any direct flights from Canada to the country I want to visit?

How well vaccinated is the country I want to visit?

What are the easiest places to travel to right now?
Where are my travel plans least likely to be disrupted by covid?

Are there any great flight deals for travel within Canada these days?

     Are there any restrictions for flying within Canada?
Are there any great international flight deals from Canada these days?

What's going to happen with flight prices? Are they going to be expensive?

Proof of Vaccination for Travel

     Will I need a vaccine certificate / passport to travel? Will Canada be issuing one?

     What about children? If I have proof of vaccination but they don't, what happens?

     Do other countries care which vaccine I get? What if it's 2 different vaccines?

     How do I register my vaccination that was given to me outside of my province or Canada?

     How does a Canadian sign up for Europe's 'Green Pass' Certificate?

     But I'm totally opposed to discriminating against the unvaccinated and not allowing them to travel!

Travel Insurance

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

Rental Cars

     Is it true that rental cars are really expensive right now?

Airline Refunds

     Have the airlines started offering refunds for airfares and packages yet?

Passports

     Tip: Don't forget to renew your passport (before everyone else does)

What restrictions will be in place for Canadians that are fully vaccinated, returning home to Canada by *air*, as of August 9th? What about children?

1. Canadians need a recent negative PCR, NAAT or LAMP test result that they will check for before boarding your flight to Canada. The test needs to have been conducted within 72 hours of your flight to Canada. You need to pay for this one. Children under 5 years of age do not need this test.

- Other test result types are accepted by Canada (see link above), such as the NAAT (ID NOW) test which can be found at Walgreens in the United States and results are faster than a PCR test. Canada does not accept antigen test results for entry.

2. Sometime up to 72 hours before your flight lands in Canada, you need to submit your COVID-19 related info, and your proof of vaccination, into the federal government’s ArriveCAN app. (There is also a web version)

- Travellers will also be required to have either a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation (the same as what you submitted into ArriveCAN above).

- To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have had both doses, for at least 14 days.

- If your vaccination took place in another country, that's OK, as long it's one of the four vaccines approved by Health Canada: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Astra Zeneca.

- Mixed vaccinations are perfectly fine.

- Fully vaccinated travellers will need to be asymptomatic, and still need to have an adequate quarantine plan in place, just in case your arrival test comes back positive.

3. Canadians need to take another test upon arrival in Canada (or you may be given a test kit to take home). This one is free. You can save time at the airport (and another lineup) by pre-registering for the Federal Entry Testing Program online for the province that you're landing in: British Columbia - Alberta - Ontario - Quebec

- Some have mentioned that if you have a choice between taking the test at the airport, or the take home test kit, taking the test at the airport ends up being less of a hassle (especially if you pre-register).

- Starting August 9th, 2021 for those who are fully vaccinated, the arrival test will be a random selection.

What about unvaccinated children flying with fully vaccinated parents?

- In situations where unvaccinated children are travelling with fully vaccinated parents, the children will still have to self-isolate for 14 days at home, and are required to take a test on day 8.

- Parents will be allowed to leave the house during their children’s isolation, after they have received their negative result from the arrival test.

- As of August 9th, 2021 the 14-day quarantine will be eliminated for unvaccinated kids under the age of 12. However at the same time, there will be public health limits on younger travellers looking to join group settings upon their return to Canada (such as summer camps, daycares, etc).

If I'm landing at one Canadian airport, but I'm connecting to another Canadian airport, what happens?

- At the first Canadian airport you land at, you'll take your arrival test (or be given a test kit to take home). You will be allowed to continue on your journey and connect to the next Canadian airport you're flying to. You don't need to wait until you receive your result from the arrival test.

- I have already heard from fully vaccinated travellers who landed at one Canadian airport, and were allowed to proceed to their connecting domestic flight to somewhere else in Canada. Instead of an on-site test, they were given a test kit, similar to what happens at the land border. This might be the plan going forward, to keep things moving at Canadian airports.

more info: link to Government of Canada Public Health Agency news release

more info: link to Government of Canada rules for fully vaccinated travellers flying back home as of July 5th, 2021

What restrictions are currently in place for Canadians that are *not* fully vaccinated, returning home to Canada by *air*?

- Canadians need a recent negative PCR or LAMP test result before boarding the flight to return to Canada. The test needs to have been conducted within 72 hours of your flight to Canada. Children under 5 years of age do not need this. Other NAAT test results are accepted by Canada, such as the NAAT (ID NOW) test which can be found at Walgreens in the U.S. (results are faster than a PCR test).

- Travellers need to submit their info (quarantine plans, etc) into the ArriveCAN app up to 72 hours before arriving in Canada.

- Canadians need to self-isolate for 14 days after they return. Another test is required on Day 8 of isolation using a test kit.

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What restrictions will be in place for Canadians that are fully vaccinated, entering Canada by *land*, as of August 9th? What about children?

1. Canadians need a recent negative PCR, NAAT or LAMP test result before driving to the border to enter Canada. The test needs to have been conducted within 72 hours of reaching the border. You need to pay for this one. Children under 5 years of age do not need this test.

- Other test result types are accepted by Canada (see link above), such as the NAAT (ID NOW) test which can be found at Walgreens in the United States and results are faster than a PCR test. Canada does not accept antigen test results for entry.

2. Sometime up to 72 hours before reaching the border to enter Canada, you need to submit your COVID-19 related info, and your proof of vaccination, into the federal government’s ArriveCAN app. (There is also a web version)

- Travellers will also be required to have either a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation (the same as what you submitted into ArriveCAN above).

- To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to have had both doses, for at least 14 days.

- If your vaccination took place in another country, that's OK, as long it's one of the four vaccines approved by Health Canada: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Astra Zeneca.

- Mixed vaccinations are perfectly fine.

- Fully vaccinated travellers will need to be asymptomatic, and still need to have an adequate quarantine plan in place, just in case your arrival test comes back positive.

3. Canadians need to take another test upon arrival in Canada (or you may be given a test kit to take home). This one is free. You can save time at the border by pre-registering for the Federal Entry Testing Program online for the province that you're driving into: British Columbia - Alberta - Ontario - Quebec

- Starting August 9th, 2021 for those who are fully vaccinated, the arrival test will be a random selection.

What about children?

As of August 9th, 2021 the 14-day quarantine will be eliminated for unvaccinated children under the age of 12. However at the same time, there will be public health limits on younger travellers looking to join group settings upon entering Canada (such as summer camps, daycares, etc).

What restrictions are currently in place for Canadians that are *not* fully vaccinated, returning home to Canada by *land*?

- Canadians need a recent negative PCR or LAMP test result before driving to the border to return to Canada. The test needs to have been conducted within 72 hours of reaching the border. Children under 5 years of age do not need this. Other NAAT test results are accepted by Canada, such as the NAAT (ID NOW) test which can be found at Walgreens in the U.S. (results are faster than a PCR test).

- At the border you collect 2 test kits. You complete the first test at the border, if on-site services are available. If not, you complete the test at your place of quarantine the day you arrive.

- You use the second test kit to take a test on day 8 of your 14 day quarantine.

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Who exactly qualifies for the new rules about being able to bypass quarantine if fully vaccinated? Is it just Canadian citizens?

The new 'fully vaccinated' entry rules applies to...

- Canadian citizens
- permanent residents
- essential workers
- foreign students
- someone who is 'eligible to enter Canada'

source: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada

So who else is 'eligible to enter Canada' ? I think the 'Find out if you are eligible to enter Canada' wizard tool from the Government website is the best place to look.

In addition, that person would also need to meet the other requirements mentioned in the first link. (No symptoms, vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines, pre entry test, and quarantine plan submitted through ArriveCAN).

You definitely can't be a foreigner that is travelling to Canada for non-essential purposes. Not yet.

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What's this about a Federal Advisory Panel recommending that Canada end the hotel quarantine and 14 day quarantine?

On May 27th, 2021 a Federal Advisory Panel (comprised of federally-appointed epidemiology and virology experts) recommended the following to the Canadian government:

- Removal of the mandatory hotel quarantine

- If a person is fully vaccinated: no pre-departure test and no quarantine, but a test on arrival out of an abundance of caution

- If a person is partially vaccinated, a pre-departure test and arrival test are required. They are able to leave quarantine after a negative result on their arrival test.

- If a person is not vaccinated, a pre-departure test, arrival test and test on day 7 are required. They are able to leave quarantine after the negative day 7 test.

The Canadian government takes these recommendations under consideration when deciding on future policies. Although if decisions like these were 100% based on science and the best medical research, there wouldn't have been a hotel quarantine policy in the first place.

These policy decisions are based on a combination of science and the prevailing public sentiment, with Ottawa tending to weigh the latter more heavily than the former.

As Canada becomes more and more well vaccinated, public sentiment is shifting, which should influence Ottawa to shift policy.

Update: No more hotel quarantine (or 14 days of self isolation) for fully vaccinated Canadians returning by air, starting on July 6th

On June 9th, 2021 the federal government announced that starting in early July, fully vaccinated Canadians returning to Canada by air will no longer have to undergo the mandatory hotel quarantine, and will only have to self isolate for a day or two (at home).

The new rules will not apply to tourists (only fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents, essential workers, and foreign students).

To qualify, travellers need to have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks, with one of the 4 vaccines approved in Canada (Pfizer, Modern, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson).

Important: To be considered fully vaccinated, you need both doses. (Unless it's the 1 dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which very few in Canada have had). And then you need to wait 2 weeks after that second dose to be considered fully vaccinated in the eyes of every country you're trying to enter, including Canada on the way home.

Travellers still require the pre-departure PCR test result that is checked before boarding their flight home to Canada.

Once they arrive in Canada, they take another PCR test, but instead of going to a hotel, they go to their place of quarantine (home).

They await the result of their arrival test at home, which should take 1-2 days. Assuming it's negative, they are now released from quarantine.

And what about the unvaccinated? For travellers who have not been fully immunized (they've had 0 doses or 1 dose), all current measures will remain in effect until further notice.

Also see: Will I need a vaccine certificate / passport to travel?

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What are the entry requirements of the country I want to visit?

Go to the Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists and click on the Country or Region that you are interested in.

Are there any direct flights from Canada to the country I want to visit?

Go to the Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists and click on the Country or Region that you are interested in.

How well vaccinated is the country I want to visit?

Go to the Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists and click on the Region that you are interested in.

Don't click on the Country, click on the Region (Caribbean, Europe, Asia, etc).

You will find links to the latest vaccination rates for each Country within that Region.

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Which countries are Canadian tourists currently allowed to visit?

There are currently 103 countries that your average, Canadian tourist is allowed to visit for leisure travel purposes. The record of 103 countries was set on September 24th, 2021.

On May 19th, 2021 the European Commission officially recommended to it's 27 member countries that they open back up for non-European travellers, including Canadians, who have been fully vaccinated (both doses) for at least 2 weeks.

As of July 2021, most countries in Europe have opened back up to Canadians.

See below for the full list of countries and destinations around the world that Canadian tourists are currently allowed to visit.

Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists

Click on a destination to jump to the entry requirements and info about direct flights from Canada.

Destinations in bold

^^^ direct flights are actually operating (not just scheduled) from Canada

North America:
      no restrictions: Canada, Mexico

      negative test required: The United States, Hawaii

Caribbean:
      no restrictions: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

      negative test required: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Barths, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands

      quarantine required: Grenada

      test & quarantine: Barbados, Cuba, Saint Kitts and Nevis

The United Kingdom / England / Scotland
      negative test required: The United Kingdom / England, Scotland

Europe
      no restrictions: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine

      negative test required: Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey

Central America
      no restrictions: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama

      negative test required: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua

South America
      no restrictions: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador

      negative test required: Brazil, Paraguay, Peru

      test and quarantine: Chile

The Middle East
      no restrictions: Lebanon

      negative test required: Israel, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Southeast Asia

      negative test required: Thailand (Phuket only)

South & Central Asia
      no restrictions:

      negative test required: Nepal , Kyrgyzstan, The Maldives

      test and quarantine: Sri Lanka

Africa

      no restrictions: Morocco, Tunisia

      negative test required: Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

      opening soon: Mauritius

South Pacific

      negative test required: French Polynesia / Tahiti


Index of Destinations That Are Closed For Canadian Tourists

Destinations in bold

^^^ direct flights are actually operating (not just scheduled) from Canada

Caribbean
      closed: Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Maarten

Europe

      closed: Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Malta

East Asia

      closed: China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan

Southeast Asia

      closed: Cambodia, Indonesia / Bali, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

South & Central Asia

      closed: India

Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific

      closed: Australia, New Zealand

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What are the easiest places to travel to right now?

When it comes to 'easy travel', I won't bother mentioning the testing and hotel quarantine requirements on Canada's side when you return, as they apply to anywhere you travel outside of Canada. Travelling won't be considered easy until we reduce these restrictions, or allow the vaccinated to bypass them, as we're already starting to see in Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean.

So that leaves the entry restrictions for the country we want to visit. You can find the current entry restrictions for each country if you go to the Index Of Open Destinations and click on a country name.

Right now it mainly boils down to whether you need a recent negative test result to enter the country (true for nearly everywhere), and whether or not the country is allowing you to bypass having that test result if you're vaccinated (starting to become the case).

NOTE: At this point in time, for flights outside of Canada, I would always work under the assumption that you do need a recent test result to board the airplane, even if the country you're connecting through, and the country you're visiting, both do not require one. I would work under that assumption unless you've verified with the airline that you definitely don't need one.

The reason being, even though some countries have loosened restrictions, and in some cases are not requiring test results for entry, or for connecting flights, I think the airlines will have a tough time keeping up, and it will take them a while to adjust.

The airlines have been checking for test results on behalf of the country you're trying to visit, or connecting through. If that country suddenly changes their rules and regulations, it'll take the airline a while to adapt, and they'll likely want to continue seeing a test result anyways.

There's also the fact that things can get complicated, if say, the country you're connecting through doesn't require a test result, but the country you're entering does. Or vice versa. Half the plane might technically need a test result, but the other half doesn't.

Or the fact that some people might no longer require a test result for entry because they're fully vaccinated, but someone who is not fully vaccinated would still require one.

The airlines might just throw their hands up in the air and continue to ask for a test result from everyone, until procedures become more efficient (which involves having *real* digital proof of vaccination).

If I'm just connecting through the U.S. or Europe, but the country I'm visiting doesn't require a recent test result, do I still need one?

Connecting through the U.S. still requires having a negative test result before boarding in Canada.

Connecting through Europe usually does as well, except if you're connecting through France, The Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain, or Turkey.

But even then, if your final destination requires a negative test result for entry, you'll still need the test result to board anyways.

Realistically, right now, from Canada, it is pretty tough to avoid requiring a negative test result to board a connecting flight to fly somewhere internationally.

Hopefully this will soon change, when the U.S. or individual countries in Europe drop their requirements for having a negative test result when connecting.

If it's a direct flight, do you need a negative test result to fly there?

Increasingly, we are starting to see countries open up for the fully vaccinated, and allowing them to skip having a recent test result for entry. Which means we *should* start to see flights where the vaccinated do not need to have a negative test result when they board here in Canada.

The problem is, many of our direct flights from Canada have not yet resumed, so we're forced to take a connecting flight, which means we will need a test result anyways (see above).

Once more direct flights resume from Canada to Mexico, The Caribbean, Hawaii, and certain cities in Europe, there should be more destinations where you can take a direct flight to from Canada without needing a test result.

For now, there are some direct flights from Canada to international destinations I can think of where you *might* not need a negative test result to board, but you should *always* confirm that with the airline first (see bolded text above)...

From Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal to ...

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) on KLM or WestJet (Calgary only). (The Netherlands have no entry restrictions, of any kind, vaccination status does not matter).

From Toronto (YYZ) to...

Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) on KLM. (The Netherlands have no entry restrictions, of any kind, vaccination status does not matter).

Cancun, Mexico (CUN) on WestJet. (Mexico has never had any entry restrictions, of any kind, , vaccination status does not matter).

Warsaw, Poland (WAW) on LOT Polish Airlines (Poland requires a test *after* you arrive to avoid their quarantine rules, so you may not need one to board.)

San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) on Avianca (Fully vaccinated travellers are now exempt from testing in El Salvador)

Bogota, Colombia on Air Canada (no test result required for either vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers in Colombia)

Panama City, Panama (PTY) on COPA (Tourists with proof of vaccination may not need to show a negative test result to enter Panama)

It's possible you might also be able to connect on the COPA flights through Panama to countries in Central America and South America that are allowing the vaccinated to bypass having a test result, such as Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Colombia.

Where are my travel plans least likely to be disrupted?

It's reasonable to assume that going forward, the destinations with the highest vaccination rates will be the ones where travel plans and flight schedules are the least likely to be disrupted by covid in the future. That's all we can really go by.

If you go to the Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists and click on the Region that you are interested in, you will find links to the latest vaccination rates for each Country within that Region.

Don't click on the Country, click on the Region (Caribbean, Europe, Asia, etc).

At the moment, the destinations around the world that can be considered to be fairly well vaccinated, or will be soon, are:

Canada, The United States, Hawaii, 10 countries in The Caribbean, The United Kingdom, most countries in Europe, and 4 countries in The Middle East.

Panama is an interesting outlier in Central America. On May 2nd, 2021, with a population of only 3 million, Panama acquired 5.5 million doses of Pfizer, and will likely be reaching herd immunity well ahead of anyone else in Central America.

Chile is an outlier in South America that has had a lot of shots in arms (45%) but they're using the less effective Coronavac vaccine. So far though, their case numbers have been dropping dramatically since mid April 2021.

The Maldives are an outlier in South Asia with a high percentage of vaccination.

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Are there any great domestic flight deals in Canada right now?

Domestic (within Canada) Flight Deals

For many months now, a lot of routes between Canadian airports have had *very* low prices. They have been approximately 50-75% cheaper than they've ever been historically, even for summer travel.

The low demand for flights due to the pandemic was the primary reason of course, but another key reason is Flair Air. Flair added so many new routes between Canadian cities during the pandemic that I lost count (I believe it was around 12).

This forced Air Canada, Air Transat, and WestJet to match Flair's aggressively low prices.

Now that BC, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI have outlined their re-opening plans for summer, I think we're probably going to start to see the end of these low prices. But we'll see!

As of early June 2021, there are still very cheap flights available between the following Canadian cities for summer travel...

You can click on the city names below to take you to the blog posts about the latest deals.

Calgary (YYC) to Victoria, Montreal (Aug to Oct dates), Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Vancouver (June to Oct dates)

Edmonton (YEG) to Victoria (Aug to Oct dates), Kitchener (Sep, Oct dates), Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Kelowna (June to Oct dates)

Montreal (YUL) to Vancouver (Aug to Oct, and fall/winter too), Calgary (Aug to Oct dates)

Ottawa (YOW) to Kelowna, Winnipeg (Aug & Sep dates), Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver (June to October dates)

Toronto (YYZ) to Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Regina, Saskatoon, Abbotsford (June to October dates)

Kitchener (YKF) to Victoria (mainly Sep dates), Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver (June to October dates)

Vancouver (YVR) to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon

Victoria (YYJ) to Calgary, Edmonton (Aug, Sep, Oct dates)

You can also find cheap domestic summer flights from Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, and Halifax.

Also see: Are there any restrictions for flying within Canada?




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Are There Any Great International Flight Deals From Canada These Days?

At the moment, there's a general lack of variety when it comes to great international flight deals from Canada. This is mainly due to the number of international flights flying from Canada being extremely low right now.

Direct flights from Canada to Mexico and The Caribbean have been on pause since January 2021, and in early June we are just now seeing the first direct flights resume, from Toronto (YYZ).

There are still relatively few flights to the United States or Europe.

Most notably, there haven't been any deals from Canada to The United States, Hawaii, The Caribbean, South Asia, or Australia / New Zealand.

Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal are the only 4 airports in Canada with direct flights to international destinations right now.

Hopefully all of these things will start to improve in the months ahead as international flights are added back from Canadian airports.

So which destinations around the world have had international flight deals?

You can click on the destination names below to take you to the blog posts about the latest deals.

Toronto (YYZ) has had deals to Mexico, Europe, Central America, South America, The Middle East, and Northern Africa.

Montreal (YUL) has had deals to Mexico, Europe, Central America, South America, The Middle East, East Asia, and Africa.

Calgary (YYC) has had deals to Central America, South America, The Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Edmonton (YEG) has had deals to Central America, South America, The Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Vancouver (YVR) has had deals to Central America, The Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

You can also find international deals (with connecting flights) from Kelowna, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Halifax.

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What's Going To Happen With Flight Prices? Are They Going To Get Expensive?

Like all products, it depends on supply versus demand. In the case of flights, the 'supply' is the number of flights operating, and the demand is how many people are actually booking those flights.

Looking at the U.S. market can give us some indication of what might happen here in Canada.

Starting in early March 2021, the demand for domestic flights (U.S. city to U.S. city) came roaring back in the United States. I would say they had about 2-3 months of domestic prices that were decent to great as U.S. airports started to fill back up with passengers.

Right around now (late May 2021) you're starting to see reports of domestic flight prices climbing in the U.S., and starting to become more expensive.

At the moment, the domestic flight prices in Canada are incredibly low, as we battled to bring the third wave down, and our provinces discouraged non-essential travel. Demand has remained at all time lows.

Whether our prices start to rise or not, now that our 4 largest provinces have released their game-plans for life returning to normal by the end of August 2021, will depend on whether our demand for domestic flights comes roaring back in the same way as it did in the U.S. in March.

If we follow the same pattern as the U.S., one could see us continuing to have great domestic prices in June & July, followed by domestic prices starting to rise in August / September as Canadians *really* start to feel like life has returned to normal.

As for international travel - well, the defining moment will be when Canada reduces or eliminates the quarantine rules upon return to Canada. These could also be relaxed gradually, as we might start by only relaxing the rules when you arrive home from a well vaccinated country (although experts have suggested this would be pointless in a global society).

As those rules relax, the demand for international flights will increase. At the same time though, we should start to see more international flights (more supply) resume to balance that demand.

So far, I have not seen any extremely expensive international flight prices from Canada, except to Australia (which has been the case from nearly everywhere).

Prices for summer travel from Canada to Europe have been quite cheap, as Canadians are still uncertain if they will be able to travel to Europe in August/September 2021 without restrictions upon return, even if they are fully vaccinated.

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Proof of Vaccination for Travel

Will I need a vaccine certificate / passport to travel? Will Canada be issuing one?

vaccine certificate

Countries that have already lifted restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers are telling unvaccinated travellers, "You can come too, but expect to go through the hassle and expense of testing and/or quarantine restrictions that are already in place." Expect this to be the case for most countries going forward when they implement a 2 track system (one for the vaccinated, one for the unvaccinated).

Many countries around the world currently have test result and/or quarantine requirements for entry, for *all* travellers. They aren't *adding* restrictions for unvaccinated travellers, they are simply going to be allowing vaccinated travellers to bypass these restrictions that are already in place.

So truthfully, it's less about whether Canada ever comes up with a digital proof of vaccination or digital vaccine certificate or vaccine passport, or whatever you want to call it.

It's more about what the country you're planning to visit is requiring for entry, and whether or not your vaccination status allows you to bypass restrictions, and what kind of proof they want to see.

At the moment, it's already possible for fully vaccinated Canadians (both doses) to bypass restrictions in certain countries, using the archaic and laughable handwritten pieces of paper we received after our vaccination. There just aren't many Canadians that are fully vaccinated yet, and we still have the restrictions on our side when returning home.

examples: Iceland, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Bahamas

A May 2021 poll suggested that 80% of Canadians now support some sort of proof of vaccination for international travel (up from 60% in October 2020).

Uploading your proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app

Starting in early July 2021, you will be able to take a photo or upload a snapshot of your vaccine documentation to the ArriveCAN app, the app that is already used when you return home to Canada from out of the country.

This proof of vaccination through the ArriveCAN app will be used when you return home to Canada starting in early July, to allow the fully vaccinated to bypass certain restrictions, such as the hotel quarantine.

(Note: You can also use ArriveCAN through a regular website, if you don't want to install the app).

This helps with proving our vaccination status when returning home, but what about proving our vaccination status to other countries that are already allowing fully vaccinated Canadians to bypass restrictions?

Other countries are waiting for us to provide some sort of digital signature (such as a QR code) that allows us to easily upload a secure, standardized set of info about our vaccination status into the apps they've developed, such as France's TousAntiCovid app.

These apps are used to prove vaccination status when entering *their* country (just like our ArriveCAN app will be when entering Canada) and sometimes within the foreign country for access to large concerts, etc.

The new addition coming to the ArriveCAN app will not provide this digital signature, at least not initially.

The real, fully baked, digital proof of vaccination that we're all waiting for requires the co-operation of each province, which all have a separate health care database that the federal government needs permission to connect to.

Apparently this will be ready 'sometime in the fall'.

We've known this was coming, and what would eventually be required, since, I would say, oh, approximately Day 2 of the pandemic.

And it's not exactly the Manhattan Project, we're talking about a QR code that contains some basic, standardized info about your vaccination (where it was administered, batch #, vaccine type).

But I guess from a political perspective it would have been tough to get started on this, and get the provinces on board, until we were all vaccinated and ready for it emotionally as a country.

Until then, we just have to hope that other countries will accept our paper proof of vaccination, or the half baked digital equivalent of it (such as the one you might be able to currently find through your province's healthcare website).

What about children? If I have proof of vaccination but they don't, what happens?

So far, of the 20 something countries that have implemented a 2 track system (allowing the vaccinated to bypass entry requirements) the majority of them are going with the same rules for unvaccinated children as they are for unvaccinated adults.

Which is to say, with most countries, this usually means an unvaccinated child still requires a recent negative test result for entry.

But every country sets their own rules for entry, and some are making exceptions. For entry into Greece for example, children under 5 are exempt from needing to have a negative test result.

In Croatia, children under 7 are exempt from needing to have a negative test result.

In Iceland, children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a negative PCR-test upon arrival. All children need to undergo one screening test at the border.

In Greece, children under 5 are exempt from needing to have a negative test result.

In Spain and Germany, children under 6 are exempt from needing to have a negative test result.

So you really just need to check the entry requirements for the country you plan to visit, and see if they make exceptions for children.

To check the current entry requirements for the country you plan to visit, go to the Index of Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists and click on the country name.

Do other countries care which vaccine I get? What if it's 2 different vaccines?

Around the world, out of all the countries that have setup a 2 track system so far (one set of rules for the vaccinated, one for the unvaccinated), to be considered fully vaccinated, you are fine as long as your vaccine is one of the 'Big 4' vaccines:

1. Pfizer (2 doses to be fully vaccinated)
2. AstraZeneca (2 doses to be fully vaccinated)
3. Moderna (2 doses to be fully vaccinated)
4. Johnson & Johnson a.k.a. Janssen (1 dose to be fully vaccinated)

I have not seen a single country that states one of those manufacturers isn't good enough for entry.

So if you're getting vaccinated in Canada, you really don't need to worry about which one it is, because it's going to be one of the 4 listed above (or more likely, one of the first 3).

What if my second dose is a different vaccine? Will other countries care?

So far, out of all the countries around the world that have set an entry policy involving vaccinations, I have yet to see one that explicitly states 'Mixed doses are not allowed.'

(Update: This is no longer true. Tahiti does not appear to be allowing mixed vaccinations. Trinidad & Tobago only accepts one type of combination. The United Kingdom does not recognize mixed vaccinations.)

My gut tells me that with wealthy countries in North America and Europe now starting to mix and match vaccines, that most countries around the world with a policy for the vaccinated are very likely going to be just fine with mixed vaccinations. Many countries just haven't come out and explicitly stated this yet, because it's a relatively new thing.

I think as long as the 2 vaccines are one of the 'Big 4' (listed above), which are all officially recognized by the European Union, and are the only ones found in the U.S. and Canada, it should end up being a non-issue.

Countries often follow Europe's lead on these things, so they will be the one to watch, to see if any country has an issue with mixing and matching.

Germany has a population of 83 million citizens that love to travel and spend a whole lot of Euros. They are mixing vaccinations for their citizens, and even their Prime Minister has received mixed doses. If a country has a problem with mixed vaccinations, they have a problem with Germany, and it'll be big news. So far, I haven't seen any headlines.

Increasingly, there is more and more evidence that mixing and matching certain vaccines can provide a great benefit (even more potent immune response).

There are however some cruise lines that have an issue with mixed vaccines. Norwegian Cruise Line doesn't allow them at all. Others may have an issue with certain combinations. It is primarily an issue with cruises operating out of the U.S. - European cruises don't have a problem with mixed vaccinations.

Yeah, but I heard the U.S. doesn't accept AstraZeneca?

To be clear, the U.S. has not set *any* kind of vaccine related policy for entry into their country.

All the news about AstraZeneca not being 'accepted' in the U.S. mainly just relates to a Bruce Springsteen Broadway show.

As they so often do, the Canadian mainstream media pounced on this tidbit in order to strike fear in the hearts of Canadians and generate a few extra clicks for themselves by suggesting that maybe this would mean AstraZeneca wouldn't be accepted by the U.S. border for proof of vaccination, or for travel to other countries.

So far, all the countries in the world that have set a vaccine related entry policy are accepting AstraZeneca.

When it comes time for the U.S. to actually set a vaccine related entry policy (assuming they do), it would be a pretty major issue if they did not accept AZ (Yes, even more important than 'The Boss' not accepting it!).

The U.S. and the UK are actively working towards ending their travel bans with each other and much of the UK is vaccinated with AstraZeneca, where it was developed. Not to mention that AZ is prevalent in other countries in Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea.

Update: Broadway has changed its tune and is now accepting Canadians vaccinated with AstraZeneca.

I've heard that some countries may not recognize Covishield?

Covishield is chemically identical to AstraZeneca, only it was produced in India.

Back in July 2021, countries in Europe had an issue with this, although it was mainly bureaucratic.

Since that time, most of these countries have come out and stated they are fine with Covishield now.

In Europe, the countries that have stated they are fine with Covishield are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands / Holland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.

Outside of Europe, the countries that have stated they are fine with Covishield are:

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine.

How does a Canadian sign up for Europe's 'Green Pass' Certificate?

Ok, so Europe has this Green Pass / Certificate system that allows Europeans to easily show their vaccination status on their smartphone and get into various countries in Europe, instead of having to carry around their handwritten proof of vaccination papers.

Individual countries in Europe are allowed to create apps that enable Canadians (and other non-Europeans) to tap into this digital system, because they know at some point down the road they don't want to be bothered checking our handwritten, flimsy looking, handwritten proof of vaccination as we enter their country. They want to just be able to scan your smartphone and off you go.

For example, France has an app they call TousAntiCovid. Spain has one called the SpTH app.

And these countries would *love* to have Canadians be able to upload their proof of vaccination into these apps, to help process us efficiently for entry into their countries, instead of having to manually inspect our handwritten proof of vaccination documents.

But here's the problem. Canada is behind the ball, and we have not yet coordinated all the provincial healthcare systems to be able to produce a digital proof of vaccination signature that we can upload into these apps.

There's likely no way other countries apps are ever going to be able to 'scan in' or accept all the different formats of the paper versions of our proof of vaccination.

They want us to produce some sort of standardized digital signature, like a QR code, that we can use to upload to their apps. A digital signature that simply contains some standard info about our proof of vaccination (where it was administered, what type of vaccine, the batch number, etc).

This type of standardized digital signature can only come after the federal government coordinates with all the the different provincial healthcare systems, who have this info.

This digital signature is allegedly coming 'in the fall' according to the Canadian government.

In the meantime, it's up to each country in Europe as to what they're going to do, in terms of allowing us in with our handwritten proof of vaccination.

But I'm totally opposed to discriminating against the unvaccinated and not allowing them to travel!

Where this all gets twisted around by a certain crowd is thinking or claiming that 'vaccine passport for travel' headlines are referring to the government *requiring* you to be vaccinated to travel.

So far, of the 20 something countries that have implemented a 2 track system, none of them are *only* allowing the vaccinated, while simultaneously preventing the unvaccinated from entering.

They are simply allowing the vaccinated to bypass current restrictions already in place.

It would seem unlikely that Canada would be the first country to stray from this.

Digital proof of vaccination is basically just a Disney FastPass that gets you onto the ride (or beach) faster.

The country you're trying to enter has determined that vaccinated travellers are much, much less of a risk to their citizens, and allowing them to bypass their current restrictions (negative test results and/or quarantine time).

And we should not call them a 'passport' because this implies certain things, such as a person having to apply for one (you won't), or having to pay for one (you won't).

'Vaccine certificate' or 'Vaccine fast pass' comes with a lot less baggage.

It's just a digital version of that laughable piece of paper they handed to you after your vaccination, showing the date you were vaccinated, and which vaccine manufacturer it was. That's it.

It makes it a whole lot faster & efficient for the country you're trying to enter to validate your vaccination status, especially when we're talking about millions and millions of travellers per day.

Will Canadians travelling to Europe require a vaccine certificate?

On May 19, 2021 the European Commission recommended that their 27 member countries open back up in summer 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 (as we can see already with Iceland or Croatia & a few others who have already gone ahead and implemented their own 2 track rules) . They usually tend to follow the EU recommendations, but do not *have* to.

Europe has now approved their 'Digital Covid Certificate' that Europeans are going to use to prove they've been vaccinated (or recently tested), which will allow them to travel throughout Europe relatively easily starting in July 2021.

Canada is not plugged into this Digital Covid Certificate system, and it's not likely we would be for a while, if ever. It's not clear if the U.S. will be either, and Americans are already back travelling to Europe.

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

And individual countries can decide for themselves if your handwritten vaccination card is good enough for proof of vaccination this summer, like certain European countries have already.

It's likely more of them will, now that the European Commision has officially recommended to it's 27 member countries that they open back up for non-European travellers, including Canadians, who have been fully vaccinated (both doses) for at least 2 weeks.

Update June 3, 2021: The EU has announced that non-Europeans will be able to obtain their Digital Covid Certificate. It will be up to each country to decide if they want to issue you one, and what sort of proof will be required to get one (vaccination or recent test).

For detailed info about what each country is requiring for entry, go to the Index Of Open Destinations and click on the country you're interested in.


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

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

For detailed info jump to the Covid-19 Medical Insurance Section

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Destinations That Are Open For Canadian Tourists

NORTH AMERICA

CANADA

Domestic travel within our own country has been a bit confusing during the pandemic, as it sometimes depends on which province you're coming from, and sometimes which province you're a resident of.

But it's mainly just been confusing if you were trying to travel to the Maritime or Atlantic provinces.

The Big 4 provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec have always been open throughout the pandemic for anyone to fly between, without any restrictions, on either end. It's essentially identical to pre-pandemic times.

I do see a lot of people getting confused about this, and thinking that they won't be allowed to fly for non-essential purposes while provincial restrictions are in place, or wondering if they'll have to show a test result when flying within Canada.

This has never been the case for flying within Canada (at least, between the major provinces). Those people are getting confused with the rules that are in place for flying outside of Canada.

No, there have never been any restrictions, of any kind (quarantine or covid tests), when *flying* between any combination of BC, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec.

People often get confused about this, because there *have* been...

a) Restrictions on travel *within* the provinces of BC, Alberta, Ontario, or Quebec once you get there.

Of the 4 provinces, Alberta is the one that's never really had any restrictions for travel within the province.

In BC, Ontario, and Quebec, when there are provincial restrictions in place, it usually means you can't travel between defined regions unless it's essential.

Quebec and Ontario have already lifted their restrictions for travel within the province (May 28th and June 2nd, respectively). BC lifted their's on June 15th. Alberta has never had any.

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b) Restrictions on driving across provincial borders (Alberta/BC and Ontario/Quebec).

At certain points during the pandemic (particularly during the third wave), there were checkstops when driving between Ontario and Quebec, to make sure your travel was essential.

The Ontario-Quebec border opened back up to drive across on June 16th, 2021.

There was talk of having similar checkstops between Alberta and BC, but these never materialized. There were checkstops within certain regions of BC, when restrictions were in place, but those were removed on June 15th, 2021.

Provincial re-opening plans for the big 4 provinces

As the third wave fades away, and Canada becomes increasingly well vaccinated, so too should any remaining provincial restrictions.

Re-opening plans for: Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec.

In general, by late June / early July 2021 is when the big 4 Canadian provinces anticipate life being fairly normal, with relatively few restrictions.

Quebec has already lifted their restrictions on travel within the province (May 28th), and you are now allowed to drive into Ontario.

Alberta has never really had any restrictions on recreational travel within the province. Banff came back to life with tourists again in early June 2021.

In BC, recreational travel everywhere in the province became allowed again, starting on June 15th. BC is telling their citizens that on July 1st, recreational travel across Canada is allowed again.

And by August or September, depending on which province you ask, there will be no restrictions left, and life will truly be back to normal.

Based on their re-opening plans, Alberta is the most optimistic about life returning to normal the fastest (by the end of June / early July). Ontario seems to be the most conservative with their re-opening plan, with estimated dates that are about 3 weeks behind Western Canada.

The Atlantic Bubble

And then you have the Atlantic & Maritime provinces, who are in their bubble. Each province has had their own rules about who can enter, and whether you have to quarantine when you get there.

New Brunswick was the first to announce that starting around July 1st, 2021 travellers from across Canada, with at least one dose of a vaccine, will be allowed to visit without any isolation required.

Newfoundland & Labrador has announced that as of July 1st, 2021 they open for all fully vaccinated Canadians, without restrictions (no more 14 days of isolation or negative test result). Partially vaccinated Canadians will have to present a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within three days of their departure date, or they can isolate until they get a negative test result. On Aug. 15, those rules will loosen again, and partially vaccinated Canadians will be able to visit without isolating or providing test results. Unvaccinated Canadians will have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

PEI has announced their 5 phase re-opening plan which started on June 6th, 2021. PEI is moving to phase 3 on July 18th, at which time they are welcoming visitors from across Canada. Visitors to PEI from outside Atlantic Canada need to apply for a PEI Pass.

Nova Scotia has announced their 5 phase re-opening plan, which started on June 2nd, 2021.

Phase 3 for Nova Scotia started on June 30th, 2021 (well ahead of previous estimates). Visitors from across Canada are now welcome to visit again. Fully vaccinated visitors no longer need to isolate.

It is estimated that Phase 4 for Nova Scotia will now begin in mid July, with relatively few restrictions remaining.

When even the *very* cautious Atlantic & Maritime provinces are setting plans to re-open and for life getting back to normal, all of Canada should feel pretty excited for what's about to happen this summer.

The Rest Of Canada

The Yukon is extremely well vaccinated (over 75% of eligible adults), and on May 25th, 2021 they will be eliminating their requirement for the fully vaccinated to isolate for 14 days on arrival, and restaurants/bars will be allowed to return to full capacity, even indoors. A positive glimpse of the future for the rest of Canada.

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 for links to the restrictions by province.

In Quebec, how does someone from out of province provide proof of vaccination?

Visitors must show proof of vaccination from their respective governments, along with a proof of address.

This usually means visiting your province's health website, and printing out whatever it is they are currently offering as proof of vaccination. And then showing that along with your proof of address.

Googling something like this...
[your province] health services records

Will usually get you to the right place.

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THE UNITED STATES

Flying vs Driving to the U.S. : two different sets of rules

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, and always has been. It's the *land* border that's always been 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.

Flying to the U.S.

Non-essential travel (aka leisure travel) is allowed. A Canadian needs a recent negative test result to fly to the U.S. - they will check for it before boarding here in Canada. The test can be antigen or PCR based, and the test needs to have been conducted no more than 3 days before your departure. Official rules.

Update: The U.S. has announced that when flying into the U.S. a person will also need to be fully vaccinated for entry (in addition to the test requirement above). This proof of vaccination requirement will start in 'early November'.

Driving to the U.S.

Essential travellers only (list of who is considered essential).

When will Canadians be allowed to drive across the border to the U.S. ?

The latest messaging from the Canadian government is that they want Canada to be 75% vaccinated before re-opening the Canada / U.S. land border.

I'm going to assume they likely mean 75% of eligible adults. And I'm going to also assume they are referring to 1st doses, but it's not clear.

If that's the case, based on current vaccination trends, it's starting to sound like July 2021.

Trudeau has acknowledged that discussions about the border are ongoing.

Update: Trudeau has moved the goalposts, and stated that having 75% of Canada's population with first doses, and 20% fully vaccinated are now required before considering opening the land border.

Update: On July 5th, 2021 Trudeau moved the goalposts again, and now, apparently, having 80% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated will be what is required before considering opening the land border. (78% of eligible Canadians have received their *first dose*. Realistically, 80% of eligible being *fully vaccinated* would not likely be achieved, if ever, until late September 2021 at the earliest).

When will Americans be allowed to drive across the border to Canada ?

On August 9th, 2021 Americans citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. will be allowed to travel to Canada for leisure travel if they’ve received a full course of one of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Unvaccinated American children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated dependent children will be able to accompany a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent, or legal guardian and forgo the 14-day quarantine.

On September 7th, 2021 Canada will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from any country, for leisure travel.

Once the US announces the land border is open for Canadians, does that mean we can take day trips? Can I use a result from a test taken in Canada to get back into Canada?

Question: Does this mean that we can get a test in Canada with results that are good for up to 72 hours if we want to do day trips and weekend trips and that test will qualify as our 'pre departure test' ?

Answer (Chris): The key would be showing up at the border to get back into Canada with a test result from one that was *performed* no longer than 72 hours ago. (Not 72 hours from when you received the result). And to make sure it's PCR (the most realistic option available in Canada that Canada accepts). It's fine if the test itself was performed in Canada.

Down in the U.S. they also have the NAAT (ID NOW) test at Walgreens, which is generally a lot faster for results (1-4 hours) and Canada also accepts this test for entry. It might be a better (and likely cheaper) option to take a test like this first thing after entering the U.S. It could still be a gamble for a day trip, less so for a weekend trip.

Direct Flights from Canada 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, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco

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

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

Calgary to: Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, 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.

International flights will be resuming from additional Canadian airports on August 9th, 2021. (Halifax, Québec City, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton)

Direct Flights from Canada to the U.S. that may return the soonest

The following flights to the U.S. are *scheduled* to resume with the airlines:

Calgary to: Phoenix (Aug 1, AC)

Edmonton to: Phoenix (Sep 17, Swoop), Las Vegas (Sep 23, Swoop)

Montreal to: San Francisco (July 1, AC), Orlando (July 2, AC)

Toronto to: Atlanta (July 1, AC), Columbus (July 1, AC), Detroit (July 1, AC), Tampa Bay (July 1, AC), Cleveland (Aug 1, AC), Fort Myers (Aug 1, AC), Las Vegas (Aug 1, AC), Pittsburgh (Aug 1, AC), Seattle (Aug 1, AC), Phoenix (Aug 2, AC)

Vancouver to: Denver (July 1, AC), Las Vegas (August 1, AC), San Diego (Aug 1, AC), Honolulu (Aug 2, AC), Maui (Aug 3, AC)

Winnipeg to: Minneapolis (Sep 14, Delta), Phoenix (Sep 17, Swoop)

Can I use the $40 rapid antigen test from Shoppers Drug Mart to enter the U.S. (flying) ?

I've now heard from a number of Canadians (in Alberta and Ontario) who used the $40 Shoppers Drug Mart rapid antigen test successfully to enter the continental U.S. I have not heard of anyone that was unsuccessful.

The $40 Shoppers Drug Mart rapid antigen test is really the Abbot Panbio antigen test, and is available at certain Shoppers locations in Alberta and Ontario. You can find a list of of Ontario locations here. You'll need to call around to find them in Alberta.

Some have accused Shoppers Drug Mart of purposefully trying to hide the $40 test option, and confuse people by calling it 'antigen screening' and not a 'test'.

I've also heard from someone in Calgary who's husband used it at YYC.

You may find that Shoppers Drug Mart employees, including pharmacists, don't always give out 100% correct info when it comes to which tests you can use to enter a country.

I don't think it's malicious or intentional. You just can't expect everyone you ask to be truly up to speed on the nuanced entry restrictions for every country in the world.

The U.S. is a country that accepts both antigen *and* PCR based test results for entry (except Hawaii). Many countries around the world want the test result for entry to be PCR based (including Canada). Or, they are accepting both PCR and antigen (It's never *just* antigen).

So you end up with employees, pharmacists, etc, that just tell everyone 'you need a PCR test for travel' which keeps things simple for them (but more expensive for you).

If you bring your passport when you take the test, the pharmacist can include your passport number in the test result.

Some have mentioned that you should make sure to stick the red Shoppers receipt to the form (the label receipt that they give to show you paid your $40.00 - with the Shoppers logo at the top).

While in the U.S., where can I get a cheaper (or free) PCR test that is accepted by Canada for my flight home?

Remember that Canada wants your test to be PCR or NAAT based. Unlike the U.S., Canada does not accept antigen tests for entry.

Some Canadians have found that in certain U.S. states PCR tests have been available to them free of charge (most notably in Arizona, Washington State, Texas, and Florida).

Walgreens locations are where Canadians are having the most success with getting a free test. Some have suggested using your passport as your ID when you show up for the test (not something with an address on it).

Walgreens - Besides PCR tests, certain Walgreens locations also offer the NAAT (ID NOW) test which is also accepted by Canada for entry. The NAAT (ID NOW) test results are faster than PCR. Some Canadians have found that in certain states the tests at Walgreens have been free of charge (most notably in Arizona, Washington State, Texas, and Florida).

Curative Labs - You may be able to find a free PCR testing location. Test results within 24-48 hours, you are emailed a PDF with all required info.

CVS - Book the appointment online using a Canadian address. They send a link to the results app when you get tested.

Also see: What restrictions are there for Canadians returning home to Canada by air?

Can I take a PCR test in Canada, use the result for U.S. entry when flying there on a short trip, and then use that same test result for entry back into Canada?

By air, this is currently allowed. Just keep in mind that Canada wants your test result to be from a test that was *conducted* no more than 72 hours before the departure time of your flight back to Canada. (*Not* 72 hours from when you received the result).

And by all accounts, they are very strict about the 72 hours.

Canada also does not accept antigen tests for entry, while the U.S. does. So if you were to do this, you would need a PCR test in Canada, which the U.S. and Canada both accept for entry.


Vaccination progress in the U.S.

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

The U.S. is now fairly well vaccinated, although has not yet reached herd immunity. Florida and Texas are pretty much back to normal. New York City re-opened on May 19th, 2021 including allowing full capacity in restaurants in and bars.

California became completely open on June 15th, 2021.

The casinos in Las Vegas are already back to 100% capacity, and the Las Vegas Strip has removed all restrictions.

Both Disneyland and Disney World will be back to 100% capacity by fall 2021.

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

Medical Insurance for the U.S.

Covid-19 medical insurance that specifically covers the U.S. is a little more difficult to find than for other countries (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.)

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

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HAWAII



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

The rules for entry to Hawaii are different from the mainland United States. Currently, a Canadian flying to Hawaii needs to provide a recent (72 hours before departure) negative PCR test result and it must be from an 'approved lab partner' on Hawaii's list (see below)

On July 4th 2021, Hawaii dropped the quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens from the mainland U.S. At some point, they will probably 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.

Hawaii and 'approved lab partners' in Canada

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.

Direct flights from Canada to Hawaii

Direct flights from Canada to Hawaii have resumed from Vancouver.

WestJet has *scheduled* direct flights to Hawaii to resume from Vancouver at the end of October 2021.
And from Calgary in November (Maui) and December (Honolulu, Kona, Kauai).
And from Edmonton in December (Honolulu and Maui).

Air Canada has *scheduled* direct flights to Hawaii to resume from Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal in December 2021 or January 2022.

Honolulu (HNL) : Air Canada and WestJet have resumed direct flights from Vancouver. They have not yet resumed from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal.

Maui (OGG) : Air Canada and WestJet have resumed direct flights from Vancouver. They have not yet resumed from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto.

Kauai (LIH) : direct flights have not yet resumed from Vancouver. WestJet plans to offer direct flights from Calgary for the first time, starting December 19th, 2021.

Kona (KOA) : direct flights have not yet resumed from Vancouver. WestJet plans to offer direct flights from Calgary for the first time, starting December 19th, 2021.

PCR testing in Hawaii

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 in Hawaii

Percentage of Hawaiian residents that have received at least one dose

As of May 2021 Hawaii is already quite well vaccinated, even more so than the mainland U.S. Over 63% of Hawaii have had at least one dose, and over 45% are fully vaccinated.

Epidemiologists in Hawaii feel they are getting close to herd immunity, and that they could achieve it by July 2021.

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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 2021 at the request of the Canadian government. At the same time, Aeromexico suspended their flights from Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal to Mexico City.

In early June 2021, we are just now starting to see the first direct flights resume from Canada to Mexico (Toronto to Cancun with WestJet).

To other destinations in Mexico, the only way to get there right now is by connecting through the U.S.

But we should see more direct flights from Canada starting back up this summer.

Direct flights from Canada to Mexico

Cancun (CUN) : Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing have resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada, Air Transat, and Sunwing have resumed direct flights from Montreal. WestJet has resumed direct flights from Calgary. Direct flights have not resumed from Vancouver or Edmonton.

Mexico City (MEX) : Aeromexico and Air Canada have resumed direct flights from Vancouver. Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal.

Puerto Vallarta (PVR): WestJet has resumed direct flights from Calgary. Direct flights from Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver have not resumed.

San Jose del Cabo (SJD): direct flights from Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver have not resumed. Sunwing is scheduled to resume direct flights from Toronto on September 16, 2021.

Mazatlan (MZT): direct flights from Edmonton have not resumed. Swoop has scheduled their direct flights to resume from Edmonton on October 23, 2021.

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

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

Huatulco (HUX) : direct 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

With under 15% of citizens vaccinated, there is some concern that Mexico may not truly be ready for American and Canadian tourists.

On a per capita basis, case numbers have been quite low in Mexico (8 times lower than Canada's, as of May 2021), although some question the accuracy of Mexico's reported numbers.

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CARIBBEAN

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

In the near future, it appears likely that countries in the Caribbean will start to convert to 2 track systems (like European countries are) that allows fully vaccinated tourists to visit without a recent negative test result or quarantine. The Bahamas have already done this.

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.

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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.

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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. Sunwing is scheduled to resume direct flights from Toronto on September 20, 2021.

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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 (2 weeks after second dose) can skip the PCR test requirements on Bahama's side. Unvaccinated visitors over the age of 10 must continue to provide proof of a negative test taken no more than five days prior to arrival and are required to undergo rapid COVID-19 antigen testing if staying longer than four nights and five days.

Update: As of August 6th, 2021 all fully vaccinated travellers, as well as children ages 2-11, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a rapid antigen test or PCR test) taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas. Children under 2 are exempt.



Nassau (NAS) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto, but not Montreal.

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Barbados



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

As of May 8, 2021 Barbados has new rules for fully vaccinated travellers:

- bring proof of a recent negative PCR test

- book 1 or 2 nights at a government-approved hotel

- download the BIMSafe app to upload your negative test and proof of vaccination

- rapid test upon arrival in Barbados

- transfer to the government-approved hotel you booked

- after a negative result, the fully vaccinated traveller is allowed to travel anywhere in Barbados without further testing or quarantine.

- unvaccinated travellers need to go through all the above steps, but still need to stay in their hotels rooms in quarantine. A third PCR test will be done on Day 5, and if it's negative, they are released from quarantine on day 7 or 8.

At one point Barbados wasn't recognizing mixed vaccinations, but they changed their entry policy to allow mixed vaccinations starting July 16th, 2021.

PCR testing locations in Barbados

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

Direct flights to Barbados

Bridgetown (BGI) : Air Canada's flights have resumed from Toronto.

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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).

Direct flights from Canada to Bermuda

Bermuda (BDA) : Air Canada has resumed flights from Toronto.

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Cayman Islands



The Cayman Islands have a 5 phase plan to re-open to tourists. Their 14 day quarantine will be removed in phase 4 on October 14, 2021. Phase 5 starts on November 18th 2021.

PCR testing in the Cayman Islands

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.

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Cuba



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

All travelers must present a negative result from a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entry. (This does not apply to passengers arriving on Air Canada, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, or WestJet)

All travelers must declare their health status and will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival.

All travelers are required to remain in mandatory isolation for at least seven days; a second PCR test will be administered on the sixth day. The isolation period ends when the second test result is negative.

Nonresident foreigners must be isolated in designated hotel facilities at the traveler's expense.

All international tourists are required to show proof of Covid-19 insurance or purchase it locally at the airport in Cuba for 30.00 USD (it covers up to a 21 day stay).

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.

Eased restrictions for Cuba starting in November

Cuba is planning to ease their restrictions starting on November 15th, 2021.

No COVID-19 test will be required prior to entering Cuba and no PCR test upon arrival at the Cuban airport.

Incoming Canadian travellers must show that they are fully vaccinated. If they are not vaccinated, they must submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering Cuba.

The PCR test Canadians need to re-enter back in Canada will be done at the hotels for a cost of $30 USD (payable locally by visa or debit/visa).

Cuban tourism authorities have announced the opening of the local tourism market and the cancelling of quarantine for passengers staying in private rental homes (B&B).

Locals can also now stay at tourist facilities shared by international visitors.

Direct flights from Canada to Cuba

Cayo Coco (CCC) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat, WestJet, and OWG have not resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Sunwing is scheduled to resume direct flights from Toronto on Oct 9, 2021 and from Montreal on Oct 16th. PCR tests are available at participating hotels for $30 USD.

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

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

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

Varadero (VRA) : Air Canada and Sunwing have resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. PCR tests are available at participating hotels for $30 USD.

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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.

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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. Passengers who are fully vaccinated are exempt from this random test.

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.

Referencia Labre has been used by some Canadians, at the cost of $82 USD for a PCR test.

Direct flights from Canada to The Dominican Republic

Punta Cana (PUJ) : Air Canada and Sunwing have resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat has resumed direct flights from Montreal.

Puerto Plata (POP) : Air Canada and WestJet's flights via Toronto & Montreal have not resumed. Air Transat is scheduled to resume direct flights on Oct 14th, 2021.

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

Santo Domingo (SDQ): Air Canada plans to offer direct flights starting in December 2021.

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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 72 hours prior to departure is required (children under 6 are exempt).

All passengers must also undergo a rapid test on arrival at the airport. This test needs to be paid for ahead of time.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Direct flights from Canada to Jamaica

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

Montego Bay (MBJ) : Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing have resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada and Sunwing have not resumed flights from Montreal.

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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.

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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.

As of May 21, 2021 fully vaccinated visitors arriving on a domestic flight from the U.S. no longer have to have a negative test result to enter Puerto Rico (and no quarantine either, obviously).

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

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Saint Kitts and Nevis



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

As of June 1st, 2021 St. Kitts is *only* accepting fully vaccinated (post 2 weeks) tourists. Non-vaccinated children under 18 travelling with fully vaccinated parents are also welcome. The fully vaccinated must still have a recent negative test result from the past 72 hours.

Travellers must complete the entry form at https://www.knatravelform.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.

More info at www.stkittstourism.kn/


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

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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. Children under 5 years of age are exempt from needing a test result.

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.

As of May 31, 2021 if you have been fully vaccinated (both doses) for at least 2 weeks, you are given 'expanded access' to St. Lucia.

What does 'expanded access' mean? Going through the FAQ at https://www.stlucia.org/en/covid-19/fully-vaccinated-arrivals/ it seems to mean that fully vaccinated travellers can...

- leave their accommodation, rent a car, go to the supermarket, dine at independent restaurants, be picked up at the airport by family and friends, and stay with family and friends.

Beyond the typical Big 4 vaccines, Saint Lucia also recognizes Sinopharm.

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-testing/. Saint Lucia is currently ramping up testing capabilities across the island, with multiple PCR testing locations.

Hewanorra (UVF) : Air Canada is resuming direct flights from Toronto on October 3rd, 2021.

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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. Sunwing is scheduled to resume direct flights from Toronto on September 30, 2021.

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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.

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Trinidad & Tobago



*Only* fully vaccinated tourists are being allowed entry into Trinidad and Tobago at this time.

Individuals need to have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days. Visitors must be fully vaccinated by the time they apply for the TTravel Pass.

The TTravel Pass website shows that in regards to mixed vaccinations, Trinidad & Tobago will only accept it if the first dose was AstraZeneca and the second dose was Pfizer.

There was a media report of a Canadian who could not enter Trinidad & Tobago because his mixed vaccination combination was not acceptable.

Individuals must also have a recent PCR test result (performed within 72 hours of arrival) for entry.

Port of Spain (POS) : There are not currently any direct flights from Canada.

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Turks & Caicos



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

A recent negative PCR covid test (taken within 3 days of departure) is required. Visitors must also apply for a 'TCI Assured Travel Authorisation' at https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/

Update: As of September 1st, 2021 *all* visitors over the age of 16 must have proof of vaccination to be able to enter Turks & Caicos. This requirement is in addition to bringing a recent negative PCR test result mentioned above.

Travellers need to have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.

Travelers will need to provide evidence of vaccination via a signed vaccination letter from a doctor or in electronic format.

The tourism board says that Turks & Caicos will *not* accept handwritten vaccination cards.

Those under the age of 16 do not need to bring proof of vaccination, but do need the test result.

Travellers will also need insurance that covers COVID-19, including full hospitalization, air ambulance, prescriptions, and doctor’s visits.

Direct flights from Canada to Turks & Caicos

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

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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.
Visitors staying at a hotel, resort or a licensed villa for any length of stay will be tested on arrival and must stay in place at their hotel or villa while awaiting their arrival test results, which are usually delivered within 12 hours. Once they receive a negative test result, they are free to leave the property and explore the island. All visitors will be tested on day four of their stay. There is a $200 USD charge to cover testing costs. Only fully vaccinated adult travellers are allowed entry to Anguilla. Children 17 years and younger and women who are pregnant are exempt from this requirement.

British Virgin Islands - opened on May 15th, 2021. Fully vaccinated Canadians (2 weeks after second dose) visiting the British Virgin Islands will be allowed to travel freely within the territory after producing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result upon arrival. Results are typically received within 24 hours. In addition to proof of vaccination, visitors still need proof of a negative PCR test result taken within five days of travel. Unvaccinated travelers face four days of quarantine upon arrival as well as multiple PCR tests. Children aged 5 to 17 will be tested on arrival; children will be released from quarantine together with their parents or guardians once the test results for the entire group are negative, but must remain within their family bubble; and unvaccinated children will be subject to a further test on day four. Canada does not have direct flights to the British Virgin Islands (EIS). You typically need to connect through San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) or Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKB).

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 - Fully vaccinated travelers from Green and Orange countries can skip the 7-day quarantine, but a 48-hour antigen or a 72 hour PCR test is still required for entry. Canada is considered Green.

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

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EUROPE



Most European countries are in the range of about 40-45% 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 are determined to 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.

On May 19th, 2021 the European Commission officially recommended to it's 27 member countries that they open back up for non-European travellers, including Canadians, who have been fully vaccinated (both doses) for at least 2 weeks.

They also recommended that if a country decides to waive the requirement for vaccinated travellers to bring a recent negative PCR test, they should allow unvaccinated travellers to enter, if they bring a recent negative PCR test.

In the weeks to come, we should start to see more countries in Europe adopt this recommendation.

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 Covid Certificate (Proof of Vaccination)

Europe has now approved their 'Digital Covid 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, starting in July 2021. 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 Covid Certificate 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. For the time being, European countries will likely just accept our non-digital, piece-of-paper, proof of vaccination.

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.

Update June 3, 2021: The EU has announced that non-Europeans will be able to obtain their Digital Covid Certificate. It will be up to each country to decide if they want to issue you one, and what sort of proof will be required to get one (vaccination or recent test).

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

Malta, an island nation, is claiming to be the first European country to reach herd immunity.

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Austria



As of July 8th, 2021 Austria has re-opened for Canadian tourists.

Canadians have the choice to bring any one of the following three things for entry:

1. A PCR test result no older than 72 hours OR an antigen test result no older than 48 hours (Children under 12 do not need to bring one)

or

2. Proof of being vaccinated. Austria is doing things a little differently than other countries. You are considered "vaccinated" starting on the 22nd day after your *first* dose, lasting for 90 days from the vaccination date.

After the second dose, the validity extends for another 270 days (i.e. the vaccination is then valid for 360 days total from the first vaccination date).

(BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Sinopharm are all recognized vaccines).

or

3. Proof of past infection.

Proof of a negative test, vaccination, or past infection can be a doctor's certificate, an official test result, a vaccination certificate/vaccination card/vaccine passport (including a pdf from an electronic vaccine passport, either on your phone or as a hard copy), or an official/medical certificate proving a past infection.

If you are unable to show any of these documents, you are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in Austria.

For the full details of the entry requirements, go to www.austria.info

Direct flights from Canada to Austria

Vienna (VIE) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto. Austrian Airlines has resumed direct flights from Montreal.

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Belgium



As of June 2021 Canada is considered a green zone by Belgium, so Canadians can enter without any restrictions (test results or quarantine)

Detailed entry requirements can be found on the Brussels Airlines website.

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

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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). Children under 7 years old with a parent or guardian are exempt from having to show a recent negative test.

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 (paid in full ahead of time) and fill out this online form.

Will Croatia accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "Flew to Zagreb through Amsterdam, paper copy issued by the pharmacy is all you need." more info

Report 2: "My family traveled to Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia. Paper certificates were accepted by all." more info


Direct flights from Canada to Croatia

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

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Denmark



Denmark started allowing Canadian tourists on June 5th, 2021.

On June 5th, 2021 Denmark announced that Canadians who have been vaccinated for at least 2 weeks can now visit Denmark without restrictions.

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

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England / United Kingdom / Scotland



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 were on track with their 4-stage plan to have their lives completely back to normal by June 2021, but the Delta variant has delayed those plans, until July 2021.

On August 26th, 2021 The UK listed Canada as a 'Green' country. But on September 17th, the UK made some changes intended to make it simpler and cheaper for international visitors. These rules will come into effect on October 4th.

Listed below are the current August 26th 'Green list' rules. But I've noted what will be changing as of October 4th at 4 AM.

1. Show up at the airport in Canada for your flight to the UK with a negative test result from a test that was performed within the last 3 days. It can be PCR, LAMP, or antigen. Children 10 and under do not need this.

October 4th changes: Fully vaccinated Canadians (for at least 14 days) no longer require this pre-departure test result to fly to England. England will recognize vaccinations that took place in Canada, and they will recognize mixed vaccinations. Your proof of vaccination must contain the following info:

first and last name(s)
date of birth
vaccine brand and manufacturer
date of vaccination for every dose
country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

2. Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England.

October 4th changes: This is still required.

3. Complete a passenger locator form.

October 4th changes: This is still required.

4. On arrival in England you do not need to quarantine unless your day 2 test result is positive.

October 4th: This remains the same.

Official rules: https://www.gov.uk/

PCR testing in England

The LAMP tests available at London Heathrow are acceptable for entry back into Canada. The result is often available in less than an hour.

What about Scotland?

Now that Canada is classified as a 'Green' country, the requirements to enter Scotland are similar to the requirements above for entering England.

On October 4th, Scotland is also getting rid of the traffic light system, but unlike England, even after October 4th everyone still needs to bring a recent test result to enter Scotland.

And you still need to take a PCR test within two days upon entry to Scotland.

No quarantine is needed in Scotland for those who receive negative test results.

link: Scotland entry rules, official government site.

The UK does not recognize mixed vaccinations, or those vaccinated in Canada (until October 4th)

On Aug 12, 2021 the UK added a note to their entry requirements stating they were not recognizing mixed vaccinations. They also do not currently recognize the vaccination status of those vaccinated in Canada.

*However*, when your country is on the 'Green' list, your vaccination status is now irrelevant (under the current rules). All England wants to see is a test result. So the fact that the UK doesn't recognize our vaccination status makes no difference when you're on the Green list.

When Canada was on the 'Amber' list it did make a difference that the UK wasn't recognizing our vaccination status.

Update: As of October 4th, 2021 England will be recognizing vaccinations that took place in Canada, and they will be recognizing mixed vaccinations.

Direct flights from the UK to Canada

London Heathrow (LHR) : Air Canada & British Airways have resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.

London Gatwick (LGW) : Westjet and Air Transat have resumed flights from Toronto.

Manchester (MAN): Air Transat is scheduled to resume direct flights from Toronto on Oct 19, 2021.

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France



On June 9th, 2021, France started allowing all non-EU tourists to visit again, including Canadians. On June 17th Canada was added to France's 'green list' which means that fully vaccinated Canadians can enter without any restrictions.

Unvaccinated Canadians need to supply a negative PCR or antigen result from a test taken within 72 hours before departure.

Unvaccinated children (11 and under) do not need a test result.

France's TousAntiCovid app is going to be used around France for proof of vaccination and to gain access to venues, etc.

It's not currently possible for a Canadian to upload their proof of vaccination to the TousAntiCovid app themselves. Some have been able to get a pharmacy in France to do it for them, but it's a relatively new thing, and not yet easy. Here's another article with useful info on how to accomplish this.

However, according to this page on the French Embassy website, Canadian tourists can also 'enter in the negative results of a PCT or antigen test performed in France within the last 48 hours into the TousAntiCovid app'. This gives you access to all activities that require the TousAntiCovid health pass.

Update: Canadians can now obtain the QR code required for the TousAntiCovid app by e-mailing the French Ministry. You can find the instructions here or here. Here is the application form mentioned in the instructions.

There also seems to now be another way for non-Europeans to request France's health pass, through something called 'France Connect'. (English is at the bottom)

For the time being Canadians will also need to bring their old-school paper proof of vaccination, especially for border control, until Canada figures out a way to get on board with digital proof of vaccination and tie into Europe's Digital Covid Certificate system.

Will France accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "French Consulate in Vancouver: We believe the proof of vaccination Canadians currently have are sufficient for entry into France"

Report 2: "I'm in France and my paper receipt was perfectly acceptable at customs." (more info)


Direct flights from Canada to France

Paris (CDG) : Air France has resumed direct flights from Toronto and Vancouver. Air Canada and Air France have resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat has resumed direct flights from Montreal.

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

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

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Germany



As of June 25th, 2021 Germany is now allowing entry for all fully vaccinated travellers, including Canadians. No quarantine or test result is required. Visitors need to have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.

All air travellers six years and older who are neither fully vaccinated nor fully recovered must continue to present a negative COVID test prior to departure. (PCR taken up to 72 hours prior to entering Germany, antigen up to 48 hours prior).

Travellers must have proof of vaccination in written or digital form (a cellphone photo is not sufficient).

You'll notice that in the official rules Germany is recognizing Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen (J&J), and one named 'BioNTech Manufacturing'. That last one is Pfizer (see Wikipedia. You might see info floating around that Germany won't recognize our 'Pfizer' vaccines because Germany refers to it as 'BioNtech'. Somehow I doubt this will turn out be a real issue.

Travellers who can prove they were previously infected with COVID through a positive PCR test, taken at least 28 days but no more than six months prior, and who show no relevant symptoms are considered to be fully recovered.

Transit passengers who do not leave the international transit area at Frankfurt or Munich airport do not need to provide a negative test prior to departure.

Full details can be found at: www.canada.diplo.de

Will Germany accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "BC's paper vaccination record is accepted." more info

Report 2: "I can confirm that Germany is accepting paper copies issued by the pharmacy / province. And everybody is only looking for the date of the second dose." more info

Report 3: "I traveled to Germany from Canada last week and just arrived in Greece yesterday. Both accepted my sad looking pdf print outs with no questions asked." more info


Direct flights from Canada to Germany

Frankfurt (FRA) : Air Canada & Lufthansa have resumed flights via Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Air Canada and Eurowing have not resumed flights via Calgary. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Calgary on July 16th.

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

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Greece



Greece re-opened to Canadian tourists on May 15, 2021.

Canadians have 3 choices for entry:

1. You have been fully vaccinated (both doses) for at least 2 weeks.

or

2. A negative PCR result from a test that was performed no longer than 72 hours before arrival, or an antigen test (no longer than 48 hours). Children under 5 are exempt.

or

3. Proof of recovery: With a medical certificate from the last 9 months, or a positive PCR test issued in the last 2-9 months.

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.

Will Greece accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "A B.C. woman flew from Vancouver to Athens via Amsterdam with just her immunization card she received from the nurses. No problem at all. " more info

Report 2: "I am in Greece right now, they accepted it, no issues." more info

Report 3: "Flew to Greece on Thursday via Amsterdam and boarded a cruise. No issues, my paper copy was fine." more info

Report 4: "I traveled to Germany from Canada last week and just arrived in Greece yesterday. Both accepted my sad looking pdf print outs with no questions asked." more info

Report 5: "Just spent two weeks in Greece and I used my paper print out." more info

Report 6: "I am in Greece right now. All you need is the vaccination card they gave you as proof." more info

Direct flights from Canada to Greece

Athens (ATH) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat has not resumed direct flights from Toronto or Montreal.

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Iceland



Update: As of March 17th, 2021 Iceland is now open (without restrictions) to all fully vaccinated travellers (or those who have proof of previous infection), including Canadians.

Update: As of July 27th, 2021 Iceland is requiring a negative rapid antigen test result, or PCR test result, from a test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure for Iceland, even for fully vaccinated travellers (due to concerns about Delta). Children are still exempt from bringing this test result.

Children born 2005 and later are exempt from presenting a negative PCR-test upon arrival. All children need to undergo one screening test at the border.
link: more info about entry requirements for children.

Reykjavik (KEF) : Icelandair has resumed flights from Toronto, but not Vancouver. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto or Montreal. Air Canada has *scheduled* direct flights to resume from Toronto on June 30th, 2021.

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Ireland



On July 19th, 2021 Ireland announced that those arriving from a country to which an emergency brake has *not* been applied (such as Canada), will have the following options for entry:

1. If you have valid proof of vaccination, or valid proof of recovery from COVID in the past 180 days, no travel-related testing or quarantine will be necessary.

Note: The government website mentions that Ireland will be using the EU Digital Covid certificate for proof of vaccination, which Canadians cannot currently get.

It is unclear whether our paper proof of vaccination will be acceptable for this option.

OR

2. Present evidence of a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival into the country. And then you have to self-quarantine for 14 days, but if you receive a negative result from a RT-PCR test taken from day 5 onwards after arrival into Ireland, you will be able to leave quarantine.

Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be required to have a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival to travel into the country, unless they have valid proof of vaccination or recovery.

The official rules for entry can be found at: www.gov.ie

Will Ireland accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "I used my paper copy to get into Ireland, no issue." more info

Northern Ireland has different rules for entry and 10 days of self isolation is still required

Go to www.nidirect.go.uk for info.

Direct flights from Canada to Ireland

Dublin (DUB) : Air Canada and Aer Lingus have resumed direct flights from Toronto.

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Italy



Update: As of August 30th, 2021 Italy is requiring Canadians to bring proof of vaccination *and* a recent negative test result (72 hours) for entry.

source: www.esteri.it

Italy accepts the 'health documents issued in your home country'.

Here is a report from a Canadian (August 7th, 2021), about what it's like to be in Italy right now without access to the Green Pass.

Canadian travellers no longer need to fly on special 'quarantine free' flights to avoid quarantine in Italy.

Visitors must also fill out a EU digital passenger locator form.

More details can be found at www.esteri.it

Will Italy accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "Showed my print out from Health Gateway for vaccine confirmation, no problems." more info

Italy and Covishield

Italy is one of the remaining countries in Europe that has not yet recognized Covishield.

Direct flights from Canada to Italy

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

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Netherlands



As of July 8, 2021 the Netherlands are open for Canadian tourists, with no restrictions of any kind for entry (no quarantine or test results). And your vaccination status does not matter.

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

NOTE: As of August 8th, 2021 those travelling from Canada now need to show proof of vaccination OR a negative test result to enter the Netherlands.

Links to info about proof of vaccination and test requirements for the Netherlands.

Will the Netherlands accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "In Holland now. Yes, they accepted both Alberta vaccination papers and the cards BC issues." more info

PCR testing in the Netherlands

The Netherlands offers free PCR tests, even to non-residents.

Go to this link (use Google Translate) to book an appointment.

Direct flights from Canada to The Netherlands

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. WestJet has *scheduled* direct flights from Calgary in August.

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Poland



Canadian arriving on a direct air flight from Canada are permitted to enter Poland.

As of June 19, 2021 passengers arriving from Canada via international airports have been permitted entry to the country, provided that they present a negative COVID-19 test result.

All persons travelling to Poland from a non-Schengen Area country must stay self-isolated when entering the country. However, the quarantine requirement does not apply to the following groups of people...

- Persons who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 vaccine with one of the vaccines approved in the European Union

- Persons who provide a negative Coronavirus test result that needs to be carried out at the airport before passport control

- Children under the age of 12 travelling together with their parents who have been vaccinated against the virus or present a negative test result

Will Poland accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "I used my Health Gateway record on my trip to Poland and back. No issues." more info

Direct flights from Canada to Poland

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

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Portugal, The Azores, & Madeira



As of July 8th, 2021 Portugal is open for Canadian tourists (this includes the mainland, the Azores, and maybe Madeira?).

Canadians require one of the following for entry into mainland Portugal:

1. RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding (children under 12 are exempt)

or

2. EU Digital COVID Certificate (not currently possible for a Canadian to get one)

Passengers must also fill out the passenger locator card

For entry into the Azores:

With an EU digital COVID test certificate (which Canadians can't realistically get), or with a negative PCR test result the following rules apply:

Passengers must fill in the MySafeAzores questionnaire and submit the laboratory test result or the test certificate within 72 hours before the start of their trip, whose code generated by the MySafeAzores platform will be validated upon arrival in the Azores.

source: www.azoresairlines.pt

Canadians require one of the following for entry into Madeira:

1. RT-PCR Test - 72h before boarding, or Vaccination certificate (2 shots 14 days prior to entrance in PT) or, Immunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example), or EU Digital COVID Certificate.

- Children under 12 are exempt

- Passengers will take a free test on arrival and isolate for 12-24 hours while awaiting the result.

- Visitors are asked to perform voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at home or in a hotel accommodation.

- Visitors need to register at https://madeirasafe.com/

Detailed entry info for Portugal

Full details at: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Portugal covid-19 insurance

Tourists can purchase covid-19 insurance at www.portugaltravelinsurance.com. It will cover medical and trip cancellation, interruption, or extension expenses due to covid-19.

Direct flights from Canada to Portugal

Lisbon (LIS) : TAP and Air Canada have resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat has resumed direct flights from Montreal.

Oporto (OPO) : Air Transat has resumed direct flights from Toronto. Azores Airlines has not resumed direct flights from Toronto.

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

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Spain & The Canary Islands



On June 7th, 2021 Spain re-opened to fully vaccinated travellers (for more than 14 days) from outside of Europe, including Canadian, without any restrictions.

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. You can also obtain the QR code by downloading the SpTH app.

Unvaccinated tourists will need to show proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result in order to gain entry to Spain.

Minor children are allowed to enter Spain with their vaccinated parents. However, children age six and up need to present a vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival or a medical certificate documenting recovery from COVID-19.

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.

Will Spain accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "Spain accepted my paper card. They recommend bringing your physical copy." more info

Direct flights from Canada to Spain

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

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Sweden



As of July 12th, 2021 Sweden is back open for Canadian tourists.

Canadian visitors must present a negative result from a test conducted within 48 hours prior to arrival.

Full details at: www.polisen.se

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

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

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Switzerland



Switzerland opened back up to Canadian tourists on June 26th, 2021.

As of June 26th, 2021 Switzerland is open to travellers from Canada (without quarantine or a test result) who have been fully vaccinated for at least 15 days.

All vaccines authorized in the U.S. and Canada are recognized by Switzerland. Currently the original proof of vaccination (e.g. PHA letter) is required to be presented when boarding the plane.

Children and young adults up until the age of 18 are allowed to enter Switzerland (even if not vaccinated) if they are accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents. They do not need proof of vaccination and do not need to quarantine.

However, children who are older than 16 years of age need to show a negative Covid-19 test result. (I'm assuming PCR, taken not more than 72 hours before boarding)

All travelers entering Switzerland by plane, must complete the FOPH online form.

If you are not fully vaccinated, but are permitted to enter Switzerland under their rules of exemption, you may be able to enter with valid proof of a negative PCR test, taken not more than 72 hours before boarding. (See Embassy of Switzerland link below)

More info at https://corner.stnet.ch/ and Embassy of Switzerland in Canada

Will Switzerland accept my paper proof of vaccination? Reports from Canadians

Report 1: "I can confirm that Switzerland is accepting paper copies issued by the pharmacy / province. And everybody is only looking for the date of the second dose." more info

Covid-19 PCR testing in Switzerland

Try searching here.

Direct flights from Canada to Switzerland

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

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

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Turkey



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

Update August 2021: All travellers require a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours.

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

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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. No test result or quarantine required, for anyone.

Armenia - opened on August 12th, 2020 (negative PCR test required to bypass 14- day quarantine). Fully vaccinated tourists can enter without bringing a test result, but *may* be subject to a test on arrival.

Belarus - opened on July 15th, 2020

Bosnia & Herzegovina - opened on September 12th, 2020. As of June 11, 2021 the fully vaccinated (for at least 14 days) can enter without having to bring a test result.

Bulgaria - opened on July 16th, 2020 As of May 17th 2021, fully vaccinated Canadians (2 weeks after second dose) can now enter Bulgaria for leisure travel. Proof of recovery or a recent negative PCR (72 hours) or antigen (48 hours) test are also acceptable for those that are not vaccinated.

Cyprus - opened on May 10th, 2021 Fully vaccinated Canadians (2 weeks after second dose) can now bypass COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements on Cyprus if they can show they've been fully vaccinated.

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

Estonia - open without restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians

Finland - opened on July 26th, 2021 without any restrictions (quarantine or test results) for fully vaccinated Canadians. more info.

Georgia - open to Canadians (without restrictions) that have received both doses of a vaccine. Unvaccinated tourists need to continue provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within 72 hours of travel in order to gain entry. Those travellers will need to test again on their third day in the country.

Hungary - opened on August 8th, 2021. Canadians can enter with a recent (72 hour) PCR test result. More info.

Kosovo - opened on September 15th, 2020. A 72-hour PCR test is required.

Latvia - As of Sep 1, 2021 Latvia is open for fully vaccinated Canadians, without restrictions. more info.

Lithuania - opened in June 2021. The fully vaccinated are exempt from the 48-hour pre-flight PCR test as well as the 10-day quarantine requirement.

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

Macedonia (North) - opened on July 1st, 2020. As of September 1, 2021 one of the following is required: 72-hour PCR test, or proof of vaccination or proof of recent recovery.

Malta - opened on July 11th, 2020 - As of July 14th, 2021 Malta is *only* allowing in the fully vaccinated. They also are not currently accepting Canadian's proof of vaccination, effectively closing Malta to Canadians. more info. As of August 1, 2021, only digital proof via the Verifly App (terrible reviews) will be accepted.

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

Montenegro - opened on July 8th, 2020 (requires 72 hour PCR test result, or proof of recovery) Fully vaccinated Canadians (more than 1 week after second dose) can visit Montenegro

Romania - opened on June 1st, 2021. Romania requires bringing a 72 hour PCR test result to avoid 14 day quarantine. If not bringing a test result, a Canadian needs to be fully vaccinated for at least 10 days, or have proof of recovery (positive test from 14-90 days prior), to avoid a 14 day quarantine.

Serbia - opened on May 22nd, 2020 now requires a 48 hour PCR test for all arrivals

Slovakia - opened on October 1st, 2020. You *must* be fully vaccinated otherwise you are required to self-isolate for 14 days (children under 12 are exempt).

Slovenia - opened on June 15th, 2021 For entry without quarantine, Canadians need to be either: a) fully vaccinated (with proof) for at least 14-21 days (depending on the vaccine) OR b) have a recent negative PCR test result (last 48 hours). More info can be found here.

Ukraine - opened on September 28th, 2020. For entry, travellers need to be ether: a) fully vaccinated (with proof) OR b) have a recent negative antigen or PCR test result (last 72 hours). Children under the age of 12 do not need a test or a vaccine certificate. Travellers are required to purchase special insurance from the Ukraine.

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CENTRAL AMERICA

Similar to countries in the Caribbean, certain countries in Central America started allowing Canadian tourists to visit again back in 2020, as long as they brought a recent negative PCR test result.

And similar to what is developing in Europe now, some countries in Central America have already started allowing vaccinated Canadian tourists to visit without any restrictions, or bringing a recent negative PCR test result.

Vaccination rates are still low in Central America (the most vaccinated countries are El Salvador, Panama, Belize, and Costa Rica, at around 10-15%). At their current pace, El Salvador, Belize and Costa Rica would be somewhat well vaccinated (40-45%) by the start of peak/dry season in November 2021.

On May 2nd, 2021, Panama, with a population of only 3 million people, acquired 5.5 million doses of Pfizer, and will likely be reaching herd immunity well ahead of anyone else in Central America.

Case numbers are still relatively high in Costa Rica.

Direct flights from Canada to Central America:

There weren't many direct flights from Canada to Central America throughout the pandemic, outside of Toronto to Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Panama. Direct flights from Western Canada to Costa Rica and Belize never did resume. For the time being, it's likely going to be a connection through the U.S. for most travellers.

Vaccination progress in Central America:

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

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Costa Rica



Costa Rica re-opened to Canadian visitors on August 1st, 2020.

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, 2020 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

Update: As of August 1, 2021 fully vaccinated visitors no longer need this special insurance to enter Costa Rica.

PCR testing in Costa Rica

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.

San Jose (SJO) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto or Montreal. Westjet has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Liberia (LIR) : Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing have not resumed flights from Toronto. WestJet has not resumed flights from Calgary.

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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.

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Panama



Panama re-opened for Canadians on October 12th, 2020. 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 do not need to show a negative test result to enter Panama. On May 2nd, 2021, Panama, with a population of only 3 million, acquired 5.5 million doses of Pfizer, and will likely be reaching herd immunity well ahead of anyone else in Central America.

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 has not resumed flights from Toronto.

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

Belize - As of August 9th, 2021 all travellers entering Belize (vaccinated or not) must present a negative PCR test result from a test taken within the last 96 hours. Or a negative result from an antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel. If no test is presented, a COVID-19 test will be administered at the airport for a fee of $50 USD per passenger. Children under 5 are exempt from presenting a test result. Direct flights have not resumed from Toronto to BZE. Passengers must also download the Belize Health App. More info can be found here.

Guatemala - Guatemala reopened for Canadian tourists on September 18th, 2020. 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 from Toronto (to Panama to GUA on COPA), or connect through the U.S.

Honduras - Honduras opened to Canadians on August 17th, 2020. 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 result instead of a PCR result. Roatan (RTB) - WestJet has not resumed flights from Toronto.

Nicaragua - Nicaragua re-opened for Canadian tourists on October 1st, 2020. A negative PCR test result from 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 (MGA) with Aeromexico, or connect through the U.S.

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SOUTH AMERICA

About half of South American countries have been allowing Canadian tourists to visit since the fall of 2020, usually requiring a recent negative test result for entry.

In March 2021 Ecuador (including the Galapagos) became the first South American country to allow vaccinated tourists to bypass all restrictions, including eliminating the need to bring a recent negative test result.

Most of South America is not well vaccinated yet (4% to 15%). Chile is one country that has had a lot of shots in arms (45%) but they're using the less effective Coronavac vaccine. So far though, their case numbers have been dropping dramatically since mid April 2021.

Direct flights from Canada to South America:

Even during non-pandemic times, the only direct flights from Canada to South America are through Toronto or Montreal.

As of right now, the only direct flights from Canada to South America are Air Canada's flights from Toronto to Bogota, Colombia.

Air Canada suspended their flights from Toronto/Montreal to Brazil and Chile in February 2021 and they have not yet resumed.

Direct flights from Canada to Peru and Ecuador never did resume during the pandemic, and have not yet resumed.

To reach South America, Canadians can connect through Central America via Toronto, or by connecting through the U.S.

Vaccination progress in South America:

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

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Argentina



Argentina is re-opening for tourists on November 1st, 2021. [more info]

Fully vaccinated Canadians (for at least 14 days) can visit Argentina without restrictions (no test results or quarantine required).

Buenos Aires (EZE) : Air Canada has not resumed direct flights from Toronto.

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Brazil



Brazil re-opened for Canadian tourists on July 30th, 2020.

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: As of December 30th, 2020 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 not resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto on August 2nd.

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Chile



Chile re-opened for Canadian tourists on November 23rd, 2020.

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.

Santiago (SCL) : Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto.

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Colombia



Colombia re-opened for Canadian tourists on September 21st, 2020.

As of June 4th, 2021 Colombia no longer requires a PCR test result for entry, and does not have any quarantine periods, for both vaccinated *and* unvaccinated travellers.

Travellers must complete a health declaration form 24 hours prior to their flight to Colombia.

Bogota (BOG) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Montreal on August 5th.

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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, 2020. A negative covid PCR or rapid antigen test result, taken within the last 3 days, is required. Update March 22, 2021: Fully 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 not resumed 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, 2020. 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).

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THE MIDDLE EAST

Vaccination progress in The Middle East:

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

4 countries in The Middle East are some of the most vaccinated in the world (Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Israel) at 56%-62%.

The rest of the countries in The Middle East are 10% or less, except for Jordan, which is at 20%.

Direct flights from Canada to The Middle East:

Direct flights from Canada to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi) were a reliable mainstay throughout the pandemic.

Air Canada has been operating direct flights from Toronto to Tel Aviv, Israel throughout 2020 and 2021. Fully vaccinated Canadian tourists are likely to be allowed back in by July 2021.

Direct flights from Toronto and Montreal to Doha, Qatar have also been operating on Qatar Airways. Fully vaccinated Canadian tourists are now permitted to visit Qatar.


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Israel



Israel is opening back up to fully vaccinated Canadian tourists starting on September 19th, 2021.

Individuals will need to present their proof of vaccination and a recent negative PCR test result (72 hours) prior to boarding their flight.

Arriving tourists are required to take a serological test once arriving in Tel Aviv to prove the existence of COVID-19 antibodies until further notice.

Only limited groups of vaccinated foreign tourists are permitted to enter Israel as part of organized tours.

more info: www.garda.com www.reuters.com

Tel Aviv (TLV) - Air Canada has resumed flights from Toronto.

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Jordan



Jordan re-opened to Canadian tourists on September 8th, 2020.

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 has resumed flights from Montreal.

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Qatar



Qatar re-opened to Canadian tourists on July 12th, 2021.

Fully vaccinated Canadians (for at least 14 days) are allowed to bypass the quarantine requirement, but must still bring a negative PCR test result that is no older than 72 hours.

In order to visit, tourists must register and upload the required documentation such as a vaccination certificate, valid PCR test result, etc, through the Ehteraz website at least 12 hours before departure.

Detailed info about entry requirements can be found at: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/

Direct flights from Canada to Qatar

Doha (DOH) - Air Canada has resumed flights from Toronto. Qatar Airways has resumed flights from Montreal.

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United Arab Emirates



The UAE started allowing Canadian tourists on July 7th, 2020.

On September 1st, 2021 the UAE started offering tourist visas again, to fully vaccinated travellers.

When travelling to Dubai (DXB), 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.

Abu Dhabi: As of September 5, 2021 fully vaccinated visitors can enter Abu Dhabi without any quarantine restrictions. more info.

Dubai (DXB) : Emirates and Air Canada have resumed flights from Toronto.

Abu Dhabi (AUH) : Etihad has resumed flights from Toronto.

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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 need to present a negative covid test result. (Possibly a PCR test will be performed upon arrival at the airport?)

Oman - As of September 1st, 2021 fully vaccinated Canadians can visit Oman without quarantine. Travellers on long-haul flights (over 8 hours) will need a pre-departure negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within the last 96 hours.

And download the Tarassud+ contact tracing app. And fill out the pre-travel registration form.

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EAST ASIA

Vaccination progress:

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

Most countries in East Asia have done quite well, or extremely well, with handling covid throughout the pandemic. Taiwan and South Korea have had some of the lowest infection rates in the world. Japan has had outbreaks, but after adjusting for population, have fared 3-5 times better than even Canada.

This may be one reason their citizens don't seem to be in a rush to get vaccinated. These are wealthy countries, with plenty of vaccines, but they are moving at a snail's pace. Japan is also known for traditionally having a lot of vaccine hesitancy.

Hong Kong leads the way with 14% of their population vaccinated, South Korea is at 7%, while Japan is only at 3%.

Is East Asia allowing Canadian tourists?

As of right now, East Asia is essentially closed for Canadian tourists.

At one point, it was thought that Japan might open back up in the fall of 2021. Unfortunately with the rate they're going with vaccinations, this feels doubtful.

Hong Kong still has 14-21 day hotel quarantines.

South Korea requires a 14 day quarantine, even if you're vaccinated.

Are there any direct flights from Canada to East Asia?

Beijing, China (PEK): Air China has resumed flights from Vancouver. Hainan has resumed flights from Toronto.

Chengdu, China (CTU): Sichuan Airlines has resumed flights from Vancouver.

Guangzhou, China (CAN): China Southern has resumed flights from Vancouver.

Hong Kong (HKG): Air Canada has resumed flights from Vancouver. Air Canada and Cathay Pacific have resumed flights from Toronto.

Seoul, South Korea (ICN): Air Canada and Korean Air have resumed flights from Vancouver and Toronto.

Taipei, Taiwan (TPE): EVA Air has resumed flights from Vancouver and Toronto.

Tokyo, Japan (HND): ANA has resumed flights from Vancouver.

Tokyo, Japan (NRT): Japan Airlines has resumed flights from Vancouver.

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SOUTHEAST ASIA

Vaccination progress:

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

It would probably surprise a fair number of Canadians to know that most countries in Southeast Asia have done quite well, or extremely well, with handling covid throughout the pandemic.

The worst hit country in Southeast Asia has been the Philippines, which peaked at just over 2 deaths per million in April 2021. That's 2 to 2.5 times better than we did here in Canada during the peaks of our first and second wave.

Vietnam, a country with just under 100 million people, has had a total of *35* covid related deaths throughout the entire pandemic, as of May 2021.

Other than heavily vaccinated Singapore (if you consider that SE Asia), the vaccination rates in South East Asia are still very low. Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand are less than 3%. Indonesia is 8%.

Cambodia is quite a bit further ahead than other countries, at 18%.

Is Southeast Asia allowing Canadian tourists?

All of Southeast Asia has essentially been closed for tourists throughout the pandemic and has yet to open back up.

Thailand

Thailand is the country that has seemingly been the most eager to start opening back up. In early April 2021 they reduced the quarantine period for vaccinated tourists, but had to lengthen it again, as cases have been rising lately.

Thailand has also been hoping to 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.

Only fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed into Phuket, with the exception of children under 6. Canada has been named as one of the 'low risk' countries that are allowed to visit Phuket. Updates will be provided on the TAT News website.

Canadians visiting Phuket must obtain a Certificate of Entry, and have a negative PCR test result (performed no more than 72 hours before travel). And have an insurance policy that covers covid-19 treatment (minimum coverage of $100,000). Canadians must also book a minimum of 14 nights (along with PCR tests) at hotels approved by the Thai government.

More info: Ottawa Thai Embassy - Phuket Sandbox

Thailand has also announced they will be extending this model to include Koh Samui, Koh Tao, and Koh Phangan on July 15th, 2021.

On June 16th, 2021 the Prime Minister of Thailand spoke on national television and announced that *all* of Thailand would be completely re-opened by October 15th, 2021.

On August 17, 2021 Thailand expanded their 'sandbox program' meaning that fully vaccinated tourists can leave Phuket after 7 days, and travel to other parts of the country.

The expanded list of destinations includes Koh Phi Phi, Koh Ngai, and Railay in Krabi; Khao Lak and Koh Yao in Phang-Nga; and Surat Thani’s three main islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.

Travelers must also show two negative Covid-19 tests – one conducted on their day of arrival and the other on day six or seven of their stay in Phuket. After moving to one of the expanded destinations, travelers will have to stay there for a period of 7 nights before they are free to move elsewhere in Thailand.

On September 9, 2021 Thailand announced that they plan to reopen Bangkok and other key destinations in Thailand, such as Chiang Mai, to foreign tourists in October.

On September 27, 2021 Thailand announced that they plan to remove quarantine requirements for Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Pattaya, and other regions starting on November 1st.

Vietnam

Vietnam is planning to reopen to international tourists starting in October 2021.

In the beginning, only the tropical island of Phu Quoc will re-open.

The reopening will be similar to the sandbox plans in Thailand, where certain islands are opened for fully vaccinated tourists.

Travelers will also require a negative PCR test to visit the island.

Indonesia / Bali

Bali *was* planning to open back up in a bubble with East Asian international tourists by July 2021. They are going with a similar strategy as Thailand, where they are attempting to heavily vaccinate the touristy areas first.

However, their plans to open back up have been delayed due to a recent rise in cases.

Cambodia

Cambodia, who is quite a bit further ahead than other SE Asian countries with their vaccinations, is considering opening back up for tourists in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Singapore

Singapore has announced that they are planning to be back open, without any quarantine, for the fully vaccinated by September 2021.

Are there any direct flights from Canada to Southeast Asia?

Even before the pandemic, there were not many direct flights from Canada to SE Asia. It's a long ways away! You generally need to connect through East Asia.

Manila, Philippines (MNL) - Philippine Airlines has not resumed normal passenger flights from Vancouver or Toronto.

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SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIA

Are any countries in South Asia allowing Canadian tourists?

Flights from Canada to India resumed on September 21, 2021 through a bubble agreement. In October of 2021 India is planning to open back up to foreign tourists for the first time since the pandemic began.

Sri Lanka, an island nation, is technically open for Canadians to visit (with restrictions). Sri Lanka has done quite well during the pandemic, with 800 deaths for a country that has about 2/3rds the population of Canada.

The Maldives, another island nation, are one country in South Asia that has welcomed international visitors throughout the pandemic, and I remember them being one of the first places to require negative test results for entry. And they are now even allowing fully vaccinated tourists to bypass the test result requirement. But the Maldives aren't exactly easy to get to.

Are there any direct flights from Canada to South Asia?

Delhi (DEL) - Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Toronto and Vancouver. Passengers who plan to travel to Canada must carry an RT-PCR test or Rapid PCR test taken not more than 18 hours before departure, and the test must be from the COVID Testing Centre & Lounge at Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. [more info]

Vaccination progress:

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

India is over 40% vaccinated now, and after a 4 month suspension, flights have resumed between Canada and Toronto (Air Canada's flight from Toronto to Delhi).

Sri Lanka is now well vaccinated (66%) and so are The Maldives (71%).

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Nepal



Fully vaccinated travellers that can show proof of vaccination will be able to skip the mandatory 10-day quarantine in Nepal, but will still have to show proof of a 72-hour PCR test for entry.

Tourists can obtain a visa on arrival. Among the list of documents required for visa on-arrival, are airline check-in and a ‘recommendation letter from Department of Tourism/Nepal Tourism Board for participation in any tourism activities within Nepal’.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Nepal.

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Sri Lanka



Sri Lanka re-opened to Canadian tourists on January 21st, 2021.

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)

There are no direct flights from Canada to Sri Lanka.

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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 Aug 24, 2021: As of September 10, 2021, the PCR test requirement is in effect again, for everyone.

There are no direct flights from Canada to the Maldives.

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Kyrgyzstan



Kyrgyzstan re-opened to Canadian tourists in December 2020.

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

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Africa

Vaccination progress:

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

Most countries in Africa have less than 3% of their population vaccinated.

Two exceptions are Morocco with 14%, and The Seychelles, an island nation that is one of the most heavily vaccinated countries in the world (68%).

However, most people in the Seychelles were vaccinated with Sinopharm or Sinovac, and a recent rise in cases in the Seychelles has some wondering about their true efficacy.

It would probably surprise many Canadians to know that most countries in Africa have done quite well against covid. Most of them have actually fared better than Canada.

The science seems to suggest it's largely due to quick action, widespread public support for safety measures, having a very young demographic, and possibly because of warmer weather.

The big exception, as you've no doubt heard, is South Africa, who had a drastic rise in cases in early 2021. They have since come back down to have less cases per capita than Canada.

Are countries in Africa allowing Canadian tourists?

12 countries in Africa re-opened to Canadian tourists in 2020, all of them requiring a recent negative PCR test result for entry.

It wouldn't be surprising to see those same countries start to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to bypass the test result requirement, similar to what we're starting to see in Europe, The Caribbean, and Central America.

Are there any direct flights from Canada to Africa?

Even during non-pandemic times, the only direct flights from Canada to Africa are from Toronto or Montreal to countries in Northern Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt).

There are currently direct flights flying from Canada to Egypt & Morocco.

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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.

Cairo (CAI) : EgyptAir has resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Montreal.

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Ethiopia



A negative PCR test result taken within 120 hours of arrival is required. Children 10 or under do not need to have a test result.

Addis Ababa (ADD): Ethiopian has resumed direct flights from Toronto to Addis Ababa, but they currently have 1 stop in Dublin, Ireland on the way back to Toronto.

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Kenya



Kenya re-opened to Canadian tourists on August 1st, 2020.

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

There have never been direct flights from Canada to Kenya. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, or through New York (direct to Nairobi).

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Morocco



Morocco re-opened for Canadian travelers on September 15th, 2020.

As of June 15, 2021 travellers from Canada that are vaccinated no longer require a recent PCR test result for entry, they just need to show their proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated travellers continue to require a recent PCR test for entry (details below).

Unvaccinated travellers 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. Children under 11 are exempt.

More info at: www.visitmorocco.com


Casablanca (CMN) : Royal Air Maroc and Air Canada have resumed direct flights from Montreal. On August 28, 2021 Canada banned direct flights from Morocco to Canada due to an increase in cases coming from Morocco.

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Rwanda



Rwanda re-opened to Canadian tourists on June 17th, 2020.

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

There have never been direct flights from Canada to Rwanda. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam with KLM.

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South Africa



South Africa re-opened to Canadian tourists on October 1st, 2020.

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 have never been direct flights from Canada to South Africa. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam or London.

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Tanzania



Tanzania has been open to Canadian tourists since the beginning of June 2020.

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

There have never been direct flights from Canada to Tanzania. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam with KLM.

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The Seychelles



The Seychelles, a beauitiful island nation well east of mainland Africa, 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.

It is not mandatory for children under 18 years of age to be vaccinated and can enter the country after presenting a negative PCR test taken maximum 72 hours prior to departure.

There have never been direct flights from Canada to The Seychelles. Flying through Toronto and Dubai (DXB) on Emirates is one of the fastest ways to get there. Or through Toronto and Addis Ababa, Ethiopa (ADD) on Ethiopian.

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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 not yet resumed flights from Montreal.

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Uganda



Uganda re-opened to Canadian tourists on October 1st, 2020.

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.

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Other countries in Africa that have re-opened for Canadian tourists

Ghana - Ghana re-opened to Canadian tourists on September 1st, 2020. 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.

Mauritius - Mauritius is re-opening to tourists on July 15th, 2021. Fully vaccinated tourists are restricted to their resorts, unless they stay longer than 14 days and test negative from a PCR test. As well as being fully-vaccinated, adult travellers to Mauritius aged 18 years or over must undergo a PCR test between five and seven days before departure and a negative result is required to travel to the island. Travellers will also have a PCR test on arrival at the airport in Mauritius and on day seven and 14. Unvaccinated travellers will be subject to 14 days of in-room quarantine until further notice.

Zambia - Zambia re-opened to Canadian tourists on August 27th, 2020. A negative PCR test from within the last 14 days is required. There is no quarantine on arrival.

Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe re-opened to Canadian tourists on October 1st, 2020. A negative PCR test certificate from a recognized facility, taken within 48 hours, is required.


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AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Vaccination progress:

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

We're all familiar with how well Australia and New Zealand have done with keeping covid out.

On the flip side, progress with vaccinating their citizens started off *very* slowly, leading to questions about what their plan is for interacting with the world again, and when that might happen.

Australia and New Zealand have picked up the pace a bit recently (vaccinating 6% per month now). At current pace, Australia and New Zealand would reach 65% in about 7-8 months (February/March 2022).

For comparison, Canada was vaccinating at a rate of 20% per month.

Are Australia and New Zealand allowing Canadian tourists?

The latest word on Australia is that 'sometime in 2022' is when they might be able to receive international tourists again.

On May 6, 2021 New Zealand's tourism minister announced that they were going to 'reset' tourism in New Zealand by planning for fewer international visitors and diversifying the economies of tourist-dependent towns.

On August 12, 2021 New Zealand's Prime Minister stated that they would be taking a phased approach to reopening their border (similar to Canada). The plan is to start by allowing fully vaccinated travellers from low-risk countries to enter without being required to quarantine. This is expected to begin in early 2022.

On September 12, 2021 Australia's minister of trade & tourism stated that Australia would begin trialing vaccine passports for international travel this week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that once 80% of Australia's adult population has received both shots (estimated to be in November 2021), people will again be allowed to travel overseas.

On September 15, 2021 Qantas announced that their international flights will resume from Australia on December 18th, 2021, starting with flights to the UK, to Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore. Air Canada also announced that their flights from Sydney, Australia to Vancouver will resume on December 17th.

So who can enter Australia at the moment?

- Australian citizens
- permanent residents
- immediate family members
- travellers who have been in New Zealand territory (New Zealand and Tokelau) for at least the 14 days before the date of departure. This does not include the Realm Countries of the Cook Islands and Niue.

source: Australian government: Department of Home Affairs

And even if you do meet the qualifications for entry, you still have to quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at your own expense.

Are there any direct flights from Canada to Australia or New Zealand?

Currently, there are no direct flights from Canada to either Australia or New Zealand.

The most common way to get there at the moment from Canada would be through the U.S. (connecting in San Francisco or Los Angeles).

During non-pandemic times there would be direct flights from Canada, all through Vancouver, to cities in Australia on Air Canada and Qantas.

And there would be direct flights from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand on Air New Zealand.

These are unlikely to restart until either country decides they are ready to receive international tourists again.

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French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora)



As of June 29th, 2021 Tahiti has re-opened for Canadian tourists. Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine. Children under the age of 18 can travel freely with a vaccinated parent or legal guardian, but must also take a test (provided on arrival) to be performed on day 4 and day 8.

Even fully vaccinated Canadians must still present a recent negative PCR covid test (performed not more than 72 hours before departure) or an antigen test (not more than 48 hours before departure) before boarding the flight.

Note: At this time, Tahiti does not appear to be recognizing those with 'mixed vaccinations' to be fully vaccinated.

Here is the response someone received when they asked Tahiti about mixed vaccinations.

Visitors must register at https://www.etis.pf/en/ sometime between 6 and 30 days before departure. And fill out a sworn statement.

Full details can be found at: https://tahititourisme.ca/en-ca/covid-19/

PCR testing options in Tahiti

Go to https://tahititourisme.ca/en-ca/covid-19/ and scroll down to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Direct flights from Canada to Tahiti

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

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Have the airlines started offering refunds for airfares and packages yet?

As part of the terms for accepting government money or government loans, the Canadian airlines have been required, or will be required, to offer refunds to the original form of payment.

This includes refunds to the original form of payment for vouchers, credits, eCoupons, point conversions, and non-refundable tickets.

Even if they denied your refund previously, they have to refund it now.

IMPORTANT: If you submitted a refund request prior to the airlines striking their deals with the government, you still need to submit your refund request again, using the links below.

Air Canada or Air Transat will not initiate the refund without you submitting the refund request using the links below.

If you booked through a travel agent or travel agency, you need to contact them, and they will initiate the refund on your behalf.

Air Canada

To submit your refund request, go to:
https://www.aircanada.com/refundrequest/?lang=en-CA

The deadline to submit your refund request with Air Canada is August 26th, 2021.

Air Transat

To submit your refund request, go to:
https://www.airtransat.com/en-CA/refunds

The deadline to submit your refund request with Air Transat is August 26th, 2021.

Air Transat has a tool for tracking your refund request.

Porter

Refund eligibility dates: If your flight was originally scheduled for on or after February 1, 2020.

To submit your refund request, go to:
https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/customer-service/help-contact/covid-19-refunds

The deadline to submit your refund request with Porter is September 3rd, 2021.

Sunwing

On June 25th, 2021 Sunwing finally announced that they will be issuing refunds for hotels, flights and vacation packages for scheduled travel from February 1, 2020 onwards.

Eligible customers and travel agents must submit a request through the online COVID-19 refund request form by August 27, 2021.

Or you can go to https://www.sunwing.ca/en/request-a-refund and find a link to the same refund request form. That page also has a pretty detailed FAQ at the bottom about refunds.

Customers who booked through a travel agent or a third party must contact their travel agent or third party to request a refund.

Those who will not be eligible for a refund under the new policy include: customers who already received a refund, including a refund from an insurance provider; customers who received a refund from initiating a chargeback, or have a chargeback currently in progress; or customers who transferred their travel credit to another person not named on the booking.

WestJet & Swoop

It's hard to say exactly what will happen with refunds from WestJet & Swoop.

Swoop is a subsidiary of WestJet, and in 2019 WestJet became privately owned. They were bought by an entity with very deep pockets ($44 billion in assets).

They may not feel the need to strike exactly the same type of deal with the government as publicly traded Air Canada & Air Transat (financial aid from the government in exchange for what the government wants: refunds for everyone & restoration of domestic routes).

WestJet has already committed to restoring domestic routes.

WestJet and the government are allegedly very close to finishing whatever deal it is they are working on (although this has seemingly been the case for a while now).

One would think that WestJet would need to offer the same type of refunds as Air Canada, if for no other reason, to avoid the fallout from bad publicity.

Update July 20, 2021 - WestJet has announced they are no longer in talks with the Federal government for financial assistance.

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

Between March and June 2020 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 2020 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, 2020 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 as of October 2020 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.

On May 30, 2021 Manulife announced that they will be increasing their covid-19 medical coverage for fully vaccinated travellers up to $5 million. They have also announced that unvaccinated travellers will no longer be able to access the $150/day quarantine benefit (but they can still access $1 million in coverage).

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, as of July 2020, has declared 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

www.medipac.com

Medipac is the official insurance provider for the Canadian Snowbird Association. Early on in the pandemic they were one of the first to announce that their 'Early Bird Special' plan would provide coverage for COVID-19 medical claims, and they continue to offer covid medical insurance to this day.

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, most Google roads 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, 2020) 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, 2020 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 2020 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/

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Rental Cars

Is it true that rental cars are really expensive right now?

There have definitely been a lot of news stories about the shortage of rental cars out there, most famously in Hawaii.

This shortage was caused by rental car agencies storing, or selling off, their fleets during the pandemic. There's also been a chip shortage making new cars scarce and expensive.

And once domestic travel came roaring back in the U.S. starting in March 2021, it's just a classic case of high demand and low supply meeting to create high prices in certain markets, until the supply of cars can be increased.

Taking a look at current rental car rates on Kayak for the summer here in Canada, on a random Friday to Friday week in July, as of May 18th, 2021 the prices were:

Vancouver (YVR) = $544 or $77/day
Calgary (YYC) = $526 or $75/day
Montreal (YUL) = $348 or $50/day

And in the U.S. ...

Honolulu (HNL) = $2308 or $329/day.
Los Angeles (LAX) = $525 or $75/day.
Orlando (MCO) = $500 or $71/day.

So in the case of Hawaii, the skyrocketing car rental rates are *definitely* real.

Rental rates in the mainland U.S. do seem more expensive than usual, by about 30%.

Here in Canada, where rental cars have always been more expensive than the U.S., we haven't yet experienced the real demand surge that may be headed our way, and our rates still seem relatively close to normal.

Rental cars can be reserved without any risk (free cancellation), so if you're planning a trip, it makes sense to reserve one right away, as soon as you know your dates.

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Registering Your Vaccination

Is there a way to register my vaccination that was given to me outside of my province or Canada?

Alberta

Go to this page on the www.albertahealthservices.ca website.

British Columbia

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine outside of B.C, but would like to register it with B.C., you can go to this page on the BC government website.

Your immunization records will be entered into the Provincial Immunization Registry. This usually takes about 48 hours.

Once entered in the Provincial Immunization Registry you can access your immunization record online through Health Gateway.

Ontario - most regions

- Go to https://tph.icon.ehealthontario.ca/#!/welcome and click on 'Get Started'

- You can also try contacting your local Public Health Unit, using this list.

- Here is a PDF file from the Ministry of Health with 'Guidance for Individuals
Vaccinated outside of Ontario/Canada'

Ontario - Toronto

- Go to this link on www.toronto.ca and click on 'Document your out of province or non-Ontario stock vaccine'

Ontario - Durham region

Call 905-668-2020, and leave a message. They will call you back and take your health card and vaccine info.

Then go to https://durham.ca/vaccinereceipt and send a copy of your vaccine receipt.

Ontario - Halton region

- Go to this link on www.halton.ca and follow the steps.

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Passports

Tip: Don't forget to renew your passport (before everyone else does)

As it's been so long since most of have us have travelled internationally, it's likely that many of us haven't realized that our passports have expired, or will be expiring soon. It's not a bad idea to get it out of the drawer and take a look now.

It's also possible that the wait time for passport renewals could increase once Canadians get back to travelling, so the well prepared would be looking at doing this now while very few of us are.

Due to the impact of covid-19, the Government of Canada is allowing most people to renew their passport even if it's been expired for more than 1 year. Go to this link to make sure you are eligible.

Keep in mind that a lot of countries want your passport's expiration date to be more than 6 months down the road from the date you're trying to enter their country.

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