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2021
15
June
Where Canadians Can Travel (and what they have to go through to get there, and back)



Last updated: June 16, 2021

As Canadians start to 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 have 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 are still keeping the travel floodgates from opening.

Here in our own country, certain provinces have already re-opened for recreational travel, with the rest opening back up in July or August.

Index Of Questions

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

     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)

Registering Your Vaccination

     Is there a way to register my vaccination that was given to me outside of my province or Canada?

What restrictions are currently in place for Canadians 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.

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

- Canadians need to self-isolate for 14 days after they return.

- At the moment, Canada has the exact same entry restrictions for the vaccinated as they do for the unvaccinated.

- Update June 9, 2021: (See section below) - 'No more hotel quarantine (or 14 days of self isolation) for fully vaccinated Canadians returning by air, starting in early July'

When will this change? When will the hotel quarantine be dropped for the vaccinated? When will the 14 day quarantine rules be dropped?

Those are the million dollar questions. In May 2021 Europe announced their official plan for the summer, to allow the fully vaccinated (2 weeks after both doses) to enter without restrictions (no test results or quarantines). Canada has always tended to follow Europe's lead on these things, it just takes us a month or two.

I suspect we'll start to see rule changes that make it easier for the fully vaccinated to enter or return to Canada once Canada has a more significant percentage of citizens that are fully vaccinated (both doses). As of May 2021, we're only at around 4%, partly due to our different vaccination strategy, and mostly due to our vaccine supply issues between January and March 2021.

Due to the vaccine supply issues out of Canada's control, we didn't really start vaccinating significant numbers of Canadians until April 2021. Those people will be getting their second dose in June 2021, and that's when our 'fully vaccinated' percentage is going to start rocketing skyward, just like our 'first dose' percentage did in April.

By some point in June 2021 roughly 25% of Canadians will be fully vaccinated. In July it will be 45%. In August it will be 65%.

The question is, which of these numbers is enough for Ottawa to start making it easier for the fully vaccinated to return to Canada?

The Public Health Agency of Canada has stated that once 20 percent are fully vaccinated, restrictions can start to be safely lifted. This target will very likely be reached before the end of June 2021.

However, Canada's deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, told CBC that Canada needs to reach herd immunity levels of vaccination before border restrictions can begin to ease. Herd immunity levels can be hard to define, but Israel felt they reached herd immunity when approximately 55-60% of their citizens were fully vaccinated. For Canada, that would likely be sometime in August 2021.

Update June 9, 2021: (See section below) - 'No more hotel quarantine (or 14 days of self isolation) for fully vaccinated Canadians returning by air, starting in early July'


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.

Canada's Transport Minister: 'Expect to see adjustments in the coming weeks'

On May 28th, 2021 - Canada's Transport Minister Omar Alghabra stated that we can 'expect to see adjustments' to border and quarantine measures 'in the coming weeks'. Presumably these adjustments will be in the positive direction for Canadian travellers, like all the other news about life returning to normal soon.

Alghabra also claimed that the Federal Advisory Panel report (mentioned in the section above) is 'really going to provide good insight into our next considerations and next steps.'

“The light is at the end of the tunnel,” Alghabra said. “I’m looking forward to beginning adjustments.”

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

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.

What about children 12 and under that aren't eligible to be vaccinated?

So far there hasn't been any info on what the rules will be for children starting in early July. Everything written below is just my best guess.

In other countries that have already converted to a '2 track system' (one set of rules for the vaccinated, one set for the unvaccinated), unvaccinated children have usually had to follow the same entry requirements as unvaccinated adults (which is generally just a negative test result).

But those countries sometimes have exceptions for X years of age or younger (usually 5-7 and under), where they allow them to enter without bringing a negative test result. Those same countries also haven't had the 'hotel quarantine' layer to deal with though, like we currently do in Canada.

I get the feeling at some point relatively soon we'll drop the hotel quarantine for everyone. And then it's a matter of your vaccination status determining how long you have to quarantine at home, and whether or not you need a test result from a test taken at home to leave quarantine.

The Federal Panel advising the government about what we should do with the vaccinated vs the unvaccinated when returning to Canada recommended the following: "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."

So one could see that perhaps being the case for unvaccinated children and adults. While anyone fully vaccinated is allowed to leave home quarantine after their arrival test comes back negative (1-2 days).

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 85 countries that your average, Canadian tourist is allowed to visit for leisure travel purposes. This record was set on June 15th, 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.

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

Certain countries in Europe have already gone ahead and opened back up to Canadians, without waiting for the official recommendation.

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: Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

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

      quarantine required: Grenada

      test & quarantine: Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis

The United Kingdom / England
      negative test & quarantine: The United Kingdom / England

Europe
      no restrictions: Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

      negative test required: Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ireland, Poland, Serbia

      opening soon: Italy, Switzerland

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

      negative test required: Honduras, Nicaragua

South America
      no restrictions: Colombia, Ecuador

      negative test required: Brazil, Paraguay, Peru

      test and quarantine: Chile

The Middle East
      no restrictions: Lebanon

      negative test required: Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

      quarantine required: United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)

South & Central Asia
      no restrictions: The Maldives

      negative test required: Kyrgyzstan

      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


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, St. Barths

Europe

      closed: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland

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, French Polynesia / Tahiti

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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).

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, 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 a few 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...

From Toronto (YYZ) to...

Cancun, Mexico (CUN) on WestJet. (Mexico has never had any entry restrictions, of any kind).

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.

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.

I could be wrong, but I don't think the new addition to the ArriveCAN app will provide this digital signature, at least initially.

This will take some time, as it 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, oh, I would say 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 as a country.

Until then, we just have to hope that other countries will accept our paper proof of vaccination.

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, 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?

It's a great question, and something I was wondering about as well. So far, there has not been any info on this, one way or the other. But only because it's a relatively new thing.

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. 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 (so far, as I say, there haven't been any countries that explicitly state both doses *must* be from the same manufacturer).

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

I can't imagine other countries will have a problem with those who are even *more* protected than someone with 2 doses from the same manufacturer.

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 by July 1st, 2021 they are planning to be 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 starts on June 6th, 2021. By August 8th is when they aim to reduce isolation periods for vaccinated travellers arriving from across Canada. And by September 12th all restrictions will be lifted.

Nova Scotia has announced their 5 phase re-opening plan, which starts on June 2nd, 2021. Phase 3 is estimated to start in mid-July, and this is when travellers from across Canada will be allowed to visit, but *with* a 14 day quarantine. And then Phase 4 is estimated to start in the first week of August, when Nova Scotia will allow travellers from across Canada to visit, likely without quarantine if you're vaccinated (but Nova Scotia hasn't determined this yet).

On June 10th, 2021 the Premier of Nova Scotia stated that they are discussing the possibility of moving up the dates for lifting restrictions in the Atlantic Bubble. Premier Iain Rankin commented: "People should be comfortable booking trips within Atlantic Canada around the end of June and probably the rest of the country by about the middle of July. I'm very confident that July 1 dates will be good to go for travel in Atlantic Canada."

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.

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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: 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.

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

When will we 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.

U.S. lawmakers are urging the Biden administration to draft a plan that would allow travel to and from Canada to resume in time for the July 4 U.S. holiday.

There are *rumors* swirling from credible, high ranking border sources that suggest the U.S. is going to re-open *their* side of the border to Canadians on June 22, 2021.

If this rumor proves to be true, Canadians would be allowed to drive to the U.S. side. You would still have to follow the current restrictions after returning to Canada (including the 14 day quarantine) unless Canada *also* loosens their restrictions on June 22nd.

There are other U.S. sources that claim the rumors of a re-opening on June 22nd are false.

Canada to open border with the U.S. to the fully vaccinated in late June, or July 2021?

On June 7th, 2021 Prime Minister Trudeau revealed two key elements of the likely reopening plan: that the reopening will happen in stages and that the first travellers entering Canada will have to be fully vaccinated.

"We are looking at how we're going to start welcoming up tourists in a phased way as the numbers come down in Canada."

As usual, no dates have been announced, but the speculative dates for the first stage of changes is late June or early July.

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, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco

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

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

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

Normally of course, there would be a lot more U.S. destinations available from these 4 Canadian airports, and also direct flights to the U.S. from smaller Canadian airports.
Those flights will start to resume once the restrictions on our side begin to lift.

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:

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

Montreal to: San Francisco (July 1, AC)

Toronto to: Tampa Bay (July 1, AC)

Vancouver to: Las Vegas (August 1, AC)

Winnipeg to: Phoenix (Sep 17, Swoop)

Vaccination progress

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 is aiming to be completely open by 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 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.

On July 4th 2021, Hawaii is planning to drop quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens from the mainland U.S. At some point after that, they will open this up to fully vaccinated citizens from other countries, likely including Canada. But a date for this has not been set. Sometime before or during fall of 2021 would seemingly be a safe bet. Travellers need to have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Direct flights from Canada to Hawaii

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

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

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).

Honolulu (HNL) : direct flights have not yet resumed from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal.

Maui (OGG) : direct flights have not yet resumed from Vancouver, 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) : WestJet has resumed direct flights from Toronto. Direct flights from Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver have not yet resumed. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto and Montreal on June 26th, 2021.

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

Puerto Vallarta (PVR): direct flights from Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver have not resumed. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Vancouver on Aug 1.

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

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.

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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.

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

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 not resumed direct flights to Bermuda, via Toronto. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto on Aug 7 (previously July 3).

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Cayman Islands



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

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

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

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

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Cuba



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

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

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

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

Direct flights from Canada to Cuba

Cayo Coco (CCC) : Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet, and OWG have not resumed direct flights from Toronto and Montreal. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto and Montreal on July 3rd, 2021. 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 has not resumed direct flights from Toronto or Montreal. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto on July 3rd, 2021 and from Montreal on July 4th. 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.

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.

Direct flights from Canada to The Dominican Republic

Punta Cana (PUJ) : Air Canada, Air Transat, and Sunwing flights via Toronto & Montreal have not resumed. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto and Montreal on June 26th, 2021.

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

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

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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 7 days prior to departure is required. All passengers must also undergo a rapid test on arrival at the airport.

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

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

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

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

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

PCR testing in Grenada

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

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

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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 and Sunwing have not resumed flights via Toronto & Montreal. Air Canada is *scheduled* to resume direct flights from Toronto on July 1st, 2021.

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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.

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.

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

PCR testing in Saint Lucia

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

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

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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.

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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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Turks & Caicos



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

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

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

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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

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).

Anguilla - opened on August 21st, 2020. Canadian visitors can apply to visit at Anguilla's tourist board website. Update July 1st, 2021: For travelers who are fully vaccinated, with the final dose administered at least 21 days prior to arrival, there is no longer any quarantine period required. Travelers will still be required to submit a negative Covid-19 test 3-5 days prior to their arrival. For multi-generational groups with a mix of vaccinated travelers and children, they will not need to quarantine, but they will need a negative test result ahead of arrival.

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

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

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

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THE UNITED KINGDOM / ENGLAND



The UK is one of the most heavily vaccinated areas in the world, ahead of the rest of the Europe by a fair margin. They 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 December 15th, 2020 the United Kingdom implemented a 'test to release' program. Canadians travelling to the UK currently have two options:

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

Canada is an 'amber' nation

On May 7th 2021 the United Kingdom has listed Canada as an 'amber' nation. Those travelling from amber nations will have a 10 day quarantine when they get to the UK, but have the option of taking a test on day 5 to be released early from quarantine.

Canadians also need to take a pre-departure test, a test on arrival, and then another test on day 8 (if they didn't take one on day 5 to be released early from quarantine).

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

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

Vaccination progress in the UK:

Percentage of UK residents that have received at least one dose

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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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Belgium



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

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

Brussels (BRU) : Air Canada has resumed direct flights from Montreal, 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.

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



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

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

Canada is an 'amber' nation

On May 7th 2021 the United Kingdom listed Canada as an 'amber' nation. Those travelling from amber nations will have a 10 day quarantine when they get to the UK, but have the option of taking a test on day 5 to be released early from quarantine.

Canadians also need to take a pre-departure test, a test on arrival, and then another test on day 8 (if they didn't take one on day 5 to be released early from quarantine).

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

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

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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.

Canadians can scan in their proof of vaccination or a recent test result using France's TousAntiCovid app.

The TousAntiCovid app is going to be used around France to gain access to larger events like concerts.

But 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 Pass system.

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

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

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

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Germany



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

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

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

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

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.

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 not resumed flights from Toronto or 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



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

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

Dublin (DUB) : Aer Lingus and Air Canada have not resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada has *scheduled* direct flights to resume from Toronto on July 2nd, 2021.

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Italy



Italy currently requires a 10 day quarantine upon entry (unless you fly in on one of the special flights mentioned below)

Update May 2021: Italy's Prime Minister has announced they will be allowing fully vaccinated tourists to enter Italy without restrictions or quarantine as early as this month, and they don't want to wait for Europe's Green Pass initiative in June. Speaking in Parliament, the Italian Prime Minister mentioned that fully vaccinated Canadians will soon be allowed to visit Italy without restrictions. (It's still unclear as to when that will start, but it's looking like second half of June or July 2021)

Select U.S. cities also have 'covid-tested' flights in partnership with Italy, that allows passengers on these flights to avoid Italy's 10 day quarantine. (example: New York or Atlanta to Rome or Milan on Delta or American). It sounds like Canadians are allowed to fly on these flights, and skip Italy's quarantine, just like everyone else on the flight. Canada may also be getting these quarantine-free flights to Italy at some point.

Update June 2021: Air Canada has announced that they will begin operating 'no quarantine required' direct flights from Toronto and Montreal to Rome, Italy starting on July 2, 2021. Passengers will be required to provide a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure and take another one on arrival. Flying on one of these flights means you do not have to quarantine when you get to Italy. More info: AirCanada.com

Visitors must also fill out a self declaration form.



Rome (FCO) : Air Canada has not resumed direct flights via Toronto or Montreal. Air Transat has not resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada has *scheduled* direct flights to resume from Toronto on July 2nd, 2021 and from Montreal on July 3rd.

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Netherlands



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

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

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

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

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Poland



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

Anyone allowed to enter Poland needs to quarantine for 10 days, but travellers who are able to obtain a negative COVID test result within 48 hours *after* arrival to Poland are released from quarantine. (Results of tests taken in countries outside the Schengen Area do not qualify for exemption from quarantine.) A negative COVID test completed in Poland releases you from the quarantine.

Fully vaccinated travellers, with proof, also do not need to quarantine.

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

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Portugal, The Azores, & Madeira



Mainland Portugal is closed for non-essential travel

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

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

Lisbon (LIS) : TAP has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Transat has not resumed flights via Montreal. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Toronto. Air Canada has *scheduled* direct flights to resume from Montreal on July 2nd, 2021 and from Toronto on July 6th.

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

Ponta Delgada (PDL) : Azores Airlines has not 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.

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



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

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

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

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

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Switzerland



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

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

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

Zurich (ZRH) : Air Canada and SWISS have resumed direct flights from Montreal. Air Canada has not resumed direct flights from Toronto. Air Canada has *scheduled* direct flights to resume from Toronto on July 3rd, 2021.

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Turkey



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

Update: As of June 1st, 2021 travellers who have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks no longer need to bring a recent negative PCR test result to enter Turkey. Proof of recovery (positive test 14-180 days old) along with certificate of recovery is also acceptable to bypass bringing a test result. All other travellers need to have 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)

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

Belarus - opened on July 15th, 2020

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

Bulgaria - opened on July 16th, 2020 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

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.

Kosovo - opened on September 15th, 2020

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

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

Macedonia (North) - opened on July 1st, 2020. There are no restrictions for entry, for anyone.

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

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

Montenegro - opened on July 8th, 2020 (requires 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 recent PCR test for all arrivals

Slovakia - opened on October 1st, 2020

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

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 may not need to show a negative test result to enter Panama (it's still a little unclear). 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 - reopened on October 1st, 2020 (negative PCR test within 96 hours of departure, or be tested on arrival and wait for results. Fully vaccinated Canadians (2 weeks after second dose) can now enter Belize without presenting a test result. Unvaccinated visitors over the age of five must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to travel or a negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel. 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 through Toronto with 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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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 38%-62%.

The rest of the countries in The Middle East are less than 10% vaccinated.

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 but Canadian tourists are not currently permitted to visit Israel (it seems likely they will be allowed back in by July 2021).

Direct flights from Toronto and Montreal to Doha, Qatar have also been operating on Qatar Airways, but Canadian tourists are not currently permitted to visit Qatar.


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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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United Arab Emirates



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

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.

Travelling to Abu Dhabi (AUH), which is right next door to Dubai, is a completely different story for restrictions, and requires a 10 day quarantine.

Dubai (DXB) : Emirates has 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 - Oman re-opened for Canadian tourists on December 10th, 2020. Tourists are allowed to visit for 7-10 days. Passengers must take a PCR test upon arrival at Muscat International Airport (MCT) at a cost of $65 USD. Passengers must self-isolate at their hotel while they await test results (12-24 hours). Tourists must have a travel health insurance policy that covers covid, and is valid for 1 month (even if your trip is only 1 week). You must also have proof of onward travel and a confirmed hotel or rental booking. And download the Tarassud+ contact tracing app. And fill out the pre-travel registration form.

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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.

In Phuket, they are hoping to vaccinate 70% of the island so they can bring back tourists by July 1st, 2021.

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

If the Phuket model proves to be successful, Thailand hopes to extend it to other parts of the country.

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.

Vietnam

Vietnam had planned to perhaps re-open to international tourism in the fourth quarter of 2021, but they've had some setbacks with the recent rise in cases in the region.


Indonesia / Bali

Bali is still claiming they are on track 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.

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.

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

Vaccination progress:

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

Everyone is aware of the tragedy going on in India right now, which makes this region a no-go for most.

It affects the countries around them as well, as Sri Lanka and Nepal are also starting to climb in numbers.

Sri Lanka is under 5% vaccinated, and India is just under 10%.

It's a very different story in The Maldives, where they are 55% vaccinated.

Are any countries in South Asia allowing Canadian tourists?

South Asia is essentially closed for Canadian tourists, now more than ever, as India battles covid.

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. But their hopes for restarting tourism on a larger scale seem intertwined with what happens in India.

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) - There were direct flights from Vancouver and Toronto, but these have been suspended until things get significantly better in India.

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

There are no direct flights from Canada to the Maldives.

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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.

More info at: www.visitmorocco.com


Casablanca (CMN) : Royal Air Maroc has resumed flights from Montreal. Air Canada has not resumed flights from Montreal.

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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, they have both made barely any progress with vaccinating their citizens (less than 6%), leading to questions about what their plan is for interacting with the world again, and when that might happen.

Are Australia and New Zealand allowing Canadian tourists?

The latest word on Australia is that 'sometime in 2022' (middle?) is when they might be able to receive international tourists again.

New Zealand hasn't really mentioned anything about planning to re-open for international tourists (outside of the bubble with Australia).

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.

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)



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

French Polynesia started allowing Canadian tourists on July 15th, 2020.

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

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

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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 June 12th, 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.

Sunwing

Sunwing tapped into a $375 million loan agreement from the Canadian government back in February 2021.

As part of the terms, they had to set aside cash for pandemic related cancellations.

But for some reason, they have not yet been forced by the government to issue refunds.

Everyone is wondering why not?

On June 9th, 2021 a court ruling determined that Sunwing would be allowed to issue travel credits instead of real refunds, for all flights cancelled due to COVID.

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.

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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?

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'

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.

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

  1. Steve on July 8th, 2020

    Thanks for everything you do, Chris... keep up the great work!

  2. Mary on July 9th, 2020

    Thank you Chris ! I appreciate every single post you are the absolute BEST !!!

  3. Ian M on July 9th, 2020

    Thank you Chris! It's a great article, although the situation is changing almost daily. Regarding the "lack of any medical insurance options that cover COVID-19", it must be noted that most countries on the list, including Canada, cover COVID-19 treatment for foreigners free of charge. The issue is that standard travel insurance policies, like those from your credit cards, specifically say that they won't cover ANY expenses if the ticket was purchased to a country that had a travel advisory from Government of Canada on that day. So, the coronavirus will be covered, but a broken leg won't.

  4. Geoff on July 9th, 2020

    Great article as always, Chris! But I recommend that you lead off with the Government of Canada's official global travel advisory (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories) to remind readers that there are still significant risks of traveling outside of Canada.

  5. Eli on July 9th, 2020

    I would like to go to France in August, I am a permanent resident of Canada, reside in Canada but I am a US Citizen. any idea if that will an issue for entering France?

  6. Sparky on July 9th, 2020

    What about the SouthEast Asian countries like Japan, Taiwan, Chaina, Vietnam and so on?

  7. Sparky on July 9th, 2020

    Actually it's China but an 'a' just slipped in.

  8. Nuvi on July 9th, 2020

    Thanks for the info but there is no mention of self-quarantine restrictions? Last time I checked Greece is asking for a 7 day self quarantine period even if you have tested negative. Unless this has changed?

  9. Chris_Myden on July 9th, 2020

    Hi Sparky,

    Japan: Just getting to the point where they're allowing 250 visitors/day from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam (focused mainly on business travelers).

    Taiwan: Just getting to the point where they're considering certain business travelers and diplomats from Hong Kong and maybe a bubble with South Korea.

    Vietnam: Like Taiwan, has done amazingly well (no reported deaths!) and are in no hurry to open the doors back up.

    At this point, it appears SE Asian countries are focused on potentially creating a travel bubble within their own region, and don't seem to be in a hurry to allow tourists from other countries before the end of the year.

  10. Chris_Myden on July 9th, 2020

    Hi Nuvi,

    Things are definitely changing all the time. As I understand it, from June 1 to June 14, Greece had the 7-14 day quarantine in effect (7 if negative, 14 if positive).

    From June 15-30, only passengers arriving from high-infection countries were subject to these quarantine rules.

    And then as of July 1st, visitors *may* have to take a random or targeted test. They will have to self isolate for 24 hours at the address of their destination until the test results are out. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days in designated hotels.

  11. Bobcat70 on July 9th, 2020

    What about travel to the US?

  12. Chris_Myden on July 9th, 2020

    Hi Bob,

    Contrary to popular belief, Canadians have always been allowed to travel to the U.S. by air (just not by land).

    There are still quite a few flights between Canada and the U.S., including...

    Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Boston

  13. Bobcat70 on July 9th, 2020

    Thank you!

  14. Chris_Myden on July 9th, 2020

    Hi Eli,

    I did some digging, and this was the best source of info I could find that might apply to your situation (U.S. citizen, but permanent resident of Canada) ...

    link: travel to and from the EU during the pandemic

    (Europa.eu is an official website of the European Union)

    "While the restrictions on non-essential travel and their lifting depend on the traveller’s place of residence, the visa requirement continues to depend on nationality. If a traveller resides in a country where restrictions have been lifted, but is a national of a visa-required country, he or she must apply at the consulate of the Member State to which he wishes to travel to, in his or her country of residence."

    Although U.S. citizens don't require a visa to visit the EU - the language in that document seems to suggest that where you reside is what matters.

    "Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the Recommendation, as from 1 July Member States should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following 14 countries:" (including Canada)

  15. Shauna on July 9th, 2020

    I didn’t see the answer in the responses, I’m hoping I did t miss it...

    Any news on Australia?

  16. Sandra on July 9th, 2020

    Thank you, I really appreciate what you do. I've been itching to travel (forever!) for a while, but some life events got in the way- And, that's not counting Covid! Sometimes I just click on your site for my Wishful thinking that will ensue????????????

  17. Skywalktrice on July 9th, 2020

    Thank you, I really appreciate what you do. I've been itching to travel (forever!) for a while, but some life events got in the way- And, that's not counting Covid! Sometimes I just click on your site for my Wishful thinking that will ensue????????????

  18. Maureen on July 9th, 2020

    Hey Sparky
    China does not allow visa holders at this time, citizens returning must quarantine 14 days
    Hong Kong is still quarantining visitors in a hotel for 14 days, residents/citizens quarantine at home with a bracelet/app
    Thank you Chris, this is so helpful

  19. Carla on July 9th, 2020

    Hi Chris,
    This is also a great website from IATA!
    https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

    and note that some countries require locator forms to be completed before travel, like the UK and Greece.

  20. Rhonda on July 9th, 2020

    Thanks for the update with all the information Chris! We appreciate your time and efforts! ????????

  21. Rhonda on July 9th, 2020

    My emojis turned into ?? for some reason. Should be a heart with a maple leaf.

  22. Chris_Myden on July 9th, 2020

    Hi Shauna,

    Unfortunately travel to Australia doesn't look very promising for a while.

    The CEO of Qantas, the largest airline in Australia, has stated publicly that mid-2021 would not be unrealistic for how long it might take for international flights to get back to normal. The Australian Prime Minister has agreed with this statement.

    Ultimately though, nobody knows, as a turn of events can change things (vaccine development, etc).

  23. Elwood (Woody) Moss on July 9th, 2020

    I live in North Florida. Just happened upon your site. According to the news if Floridians travel to New York we will have to quarantine for 14 days. I don’t know how they could enforce this. I don’t plan on traveling until September of 2021 when I will be taking a Canada/New England cruise out of New York if the pandemic is over by then.

  24. Mick on July 9th, 2020

    France is open but 14 day quarantine. Probably not something travellers or tourists want to deal with. Switzerland is good to go. Italy not open at all to Canadians.

  25. Leah on July 9th, 2020

    Can people route through the USA to get to other countries ? With just a connection in the us?

  26. Christine on July 10th, 2020

    Some travel health insurance will cover Covid , however if you go to a country that the Canadian government has a travel advisory, you are not covered by that insurance, eg no non essential travel to Mexico advisory...no coverage

  27. Ian M on July 10th, 2020

    Christine and others, stop worrying about covid19 treatment costs that much as they are almost universally free for all foreigners.
    For the UK
    https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/visiting-or-moving-to-england/visitors-who-do-not-need-pay-for-nhs-treatment/

    Same applies for EU.

  28. Chris D on July 11th, 2020

    I believe Costa Rica is opening to countries with the virus under control on August 1st and that includes Canada. I could be wrong but maybe someone else can confirm this?

  29. Robin Troy Finley on July 13th, 2020

    What about travel insurance? Are there any companies that will cover? I'm desperate for a vacation but the risk of being in a foreign country without valid insurance seems too great.

    Any thoughts or additional insight?

  30. Chris_Myden on July 13th, 2020

    Hi Chris D,

    I've also heard that August 1st is the intended date for Costa Rica to re-open to select countries with low cases of COVID, and it's been speculated that Canada will be included on this list, but an official list of approved countries has not been released by Costa Rica yet.

    At this time, the closest dates with non-stop flights from Canada to Costa Rica appear to be September 5th. (Toronto to San Jose or Liberia, with Westjet)

  31. Chris Myden on July 13th, 2020

    Hi Robin,

    For possible insurance options that cover COVID, here's what I've seen:

    1) Seven Corners (sevencorners.com) - a U.S. insurance agency that will also insure Canadians and offers medical insurance plans that cover COVID.

    Their Liaison Travel Plus plan seems to specifically mention medical coverage for COVID worldwide.

    2) Trawick International's (trawickinternational.com) 'Safe Travels International Cost Saver' plan

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

    3) Greece is one country that has stated they will cover testing, quarantine, and medical treatment costs for any travellers who test positive during their stay. Cyprus has also stated this.

  32. Eli on July 13th, 2020

    Chris,

    Is Mick correct that France a 14 day quarantine for tourists? I don’t see that requirement online anywhere.

  33. Ian M on July 14th, 2020

    Eli,
    https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

  34. Chris_Myden on July 14th, 2020

    Hi Eli,

    France does not have a quarantine for tourists coming from one of the approved countries, which includes Canada.

    Like most countries in the EU, they are planning to review their policy every 2 weeks.

  35. Lala on July 14th, 2020

    Where would we be able to get the covid testing as most testing centres turnaround time is greater than 72 hours?

  36. Sujatha on July 19th, 2020

    Thanks Chris for the amazing work!
    Denmark also requires 6 nights stay. That changes plan if you don't have that much time.

    Any feedback about SafetyWings insurance? They are planning to remove Covid from their exception in August.

    Planning to go to Germany, Czech, and Turkey. Any information (cost, how long to get results) about getting a PCR test in any of these countries before heading to Croatia? I can change my itinerary accordingly.

  37. Sue on July 19th, 2020

    Hi Chris,

    If Canada govt has issued travel advisories, does it make the travel insurance invalid even if it offers Covid coverage?

  38. SS on July 19th, 2020

    Hi,

    Anyone thinking of traveling to Europe in late Aug-Oct?
    I'd travel only if I can get a valid travel insurance. I am thinking of going to Iceland, Germany, Czech, Croatia, Turkey and Portugal. That would take me 2 months to travel.
    Desperately want to travel, but I am wondering if it is really worth going through all the trouble of making it happen.

    On one hand, this is great opportunity when Europe will not be crowded in summer for the first time ever. On the other hand, what if I catch Covid and have to spend 14 days in quarantine. Urgh. Just wondering what are others thinking?

  39. Chris_Myden on July 20th, 2020

    Hi Sujatha,

    Thanks for the info on the 6 night stay in Denmark, I added it to the post.

    I can't say I've heard too much about SafetyWings. I see they also have a product called RemoteHealth that covers COVID (pretty expensive).

    Back in late June, Frankfurt airport announced rapid PCR tests would be available at the airport. I just took a look, and it's 60 euros for a result within 6-8 hours, and 139 Euros for a result within 3 hours.

    I believe Prague's airport in Czech has set up something similar. And I just took a look, and Istanbul's international airport has too (results within 2 hours).

  40. Chris_Myden on July 20th, 2020

    Hi Sue,

    I believe it would be up to the individual insurance company. You would definitely want to read the fine print of any policy very carefully and make sure they don't mention anything about travel advisories invalidating your coverage.

  41. Eli on July 20th, 2020

    Hi,

    I am scheduled to fly from Montreal to Nice via Lisbon first week of August. Will I have any issues transiting through portugal? Is there a requirement to have a negative COVID test if I am only transiting through portugal?

    Thank you!

  42. Chris_Myden on July 21st, 2020

    Hi Eli,

    First, there was this announcement ...

    "Portuguese authorities have determined that on flights departing from Portuguese-speaking countries and the United States of America, non-Portuguese passengers or non-residents of Portugal, with destination or transit in Portugal, who do not present at the time of departure proof of a COVID-19 test, namely molecular RT-PCR test, a with a negative result, carried out within the last 72 hours before departure, are not allowed to board or permitted entry to Portugal. "

    But I heard from someone today who just received this from the consulate:

    “ALL TRAVELERS must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the last 72 hours – Your airline may refuse to board you without evidence a negative COVID-19 test conducted in the last 72 hours. Passengers arriving to Portugal without these test results are subject to refusal of entry and/or mandatory testing at the cost of the passenger as well as quarantine until the results of the test. Additionally, all passengers arriving are subject to mandatory temperature checks, and may be required to undergo secondary health screening and/or COVID-19 testing.”

  43. Eli on July 22nd, 2020

    Chris,

    Below is the response I received from the Portuguese Consulate, seems like Covid results are not required for the mainland:

    Canadians and legal residents of Canada, regardless of citizenship, are allowed to enter Portugal as of July 1st, 2020.

    No quarantine or Covid test required for mainland Portugal. Azores and Madeira Islands require a Covid test (paper format) issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival.

    In Madeira and the Azores, if you are not in possession of a Canadian test, they will conduct it, allow you entry and give you the results at a later time, therefore, if you are visiting the Azores or Madeira, it is highly recommended that you take a Covid test from Canada (paper format) issued a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival.

  44. Chris_Myden on July 22nd, 2020

    Thanks Eli! Portugal seems to be sending mixed signals during the re-opening of the EU, I hope all goes smoothly for everyone trying to get there.

  45. Qasim on August 22nd, 2020

    Thanks chris for information.

  46. Linda Poirier on September 12th, 2020

    I checked with Great West Life, my group benefits provider, and they say emergency coverage will be provided COVID is not a pre-existing condition when I travel. Given that our destination requires a negative covid test within 72 hrs of departure, I will have that proof in the event I do need emergency coverage.

  47. Chris_Myden on September 12th, 2020

    Thanks Linda! It looks like The Great-West Life Assurance Company is now known as the Canada Life Assurance Company, for anyone else that might be helped by this info.

  48. Ryan on October 6th, 2020

    Any places in the Edmonton, Alberta area where I can get a real time PCR test for traveling to Costa Rica?

  49. sophie on October 7th, 2020

    hi chris!
    just confirming, if i am looking to travel from Canada (Quebec) to New York City, in mid October, for only 5 days... I would have to 'quarantine' in new york for 14 days?? Basically meaning I would not be able to travel to NY?

  50. Chris_Myden on October 8th, 2020

    Hi Sophie, it does look that way. Last week the governor of New York signed an executive order stating that 'international travelers entering New York from Level 2 and 3 countries' are to quarantine for 14 days.

    'Level 2 and 3 countries' applies to nearly everywhere, including Canada.

  51. philippe demers on October 16th, 2020

    Pacific Blue Cross (BC) - NOT COVERED

    https://service.pac.bluecross.ca/travel/medical

    Travel Medical Insurance
    For trips that depart on or after March 13, 2020, Coronavirus (COVID-19) related illness will not be covered. You can learn more about how Government travel advisories impact coverage in our Travel Insurance FAQs.

    Trip Protection Insurance (Cancellations/Interruptions)
    Effective March 12, 2020, we are considering Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a known event for individually purchased Trip Protection. Travel insurance is intended to cover losses arising from sudden and unforeseeable circumstances. Any claims resulting from events known to a policyholder at time purchasing the trip are not covered.

  52. Chris Myden on October 16th, 2020

    Thanks for the info Philippe. Yes, it's only Ontario and Quebec Blue Cross that have coverage for covid-19. Ontario Blue Cross Covid-19 info

  53. V on October 23rd, 2020

    Where did you get the info saying that after October 31st, Canadians may not enter Portugal? Can you link me to the source? Thank you.

    I have spoken to my airline and tirelessly looked through the government and visa websites and I haven't found anything updated saying that Portugal will block Canadians from entry.

  54. EM on November 2nd, 2020

    Hi there, my partner needs to get a PCR test for travel as he needs to go home from Saskatoon for a family emergency but can’t find anywhere to get the test done that can provide the certificate for him to fly and that the results could be guaranteed within 72 hours.. can you suggest options?

  55. MD on November 16th, 2020

    Do you know how connecting flights work with these restrictions? I am looking at booking a flight from the UK to Mexico connecting through either France or the US. My partner is British and I am Canadian. Thanks!

  56. Chris_Myden on November 18th, 2020

    Hi MD,

    Generally speaking, airports around the world are allowing people to connect through their country, as long as they stay 'in transit' - meaning they don't leave the airport, their flight doesn't require an overnight stay, etc.

    This is true even in situations when visitors from certain countries are not allowed. For example, pretty much everyone is forbidden from actually visiting Japan right now, but you can still connect through Tokyo's airports, to countries that are allowing you to visit. Just as long as you don't need leave the airport.

    The same has been true for those connecting through the United Kingdom. As long as you can stay on the transit side and don't need to go through customs for entry, it's ok.

    But you do want to make sure that the destination you're trying to enter is OK with you vistiting. Mexico has had no restrictions, for anyone, so if you can get there without having to officially enter any other country, I think you'd be fine.

  57. Parth Shah on November 19th, 2020

    Thanks for such a detailed list. I am planning on going to Maldives in Jan. Do you whats the best option with respect to getting there? Etihad/Air Canada has flights but not sure if they are flying or not.

  58. Chris_Myden on November 23rd, 2020

    Hi Parth,

    If you're looking at flying Toronto to Abu Dhabi to Male, Maldives (MLE)...

    - Toronto to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with Etihad has been flying since July (flight EY140)
    - Abu Dhabi (AUH) to MLE with Etihad has been flying since August.

    1 stop flights to the Maldives, on routes that appear to be stable and have been flying for a while. I'd say that's about as good as one could hope for right now.

  59. GD on November 28th, 2020

    Thanks Chris for this! I want to book September flights to Asia, with the deal you posted. I'm wondering what your opinion is regarding booking directly with the airline vs booking with a third party (expedia for TD, for points), in light of the situation right now with covid? The price is the same, but I'd like the points. Having said that, it seems more direct in case of a third/fourth/fifth wave to book with the airline? Thoughts?

  60. Philippe Demers on December 2nd, 2020

    I am now in México - thank you for your site, it was the best decision I have made this year - but I really find it's a shame Sweden is no longer open for Canadians.

    We all need the option to get to Sweden whenever we are tired of the big masquerade.

  61. Chris_Myden on December 2nd, 2020

    Hi GD,

    When it comes to making changes, it is better if you've booked directly. So it kind of comes down to what you think the value of those points are, versus the hassle of having to deal with a middleman (Expedia for TD) if changes are needed. I would like to think by September 2021 that we'll be back to a travel environment that resembles normal, but for peace of mind it might be worth sacrificing the points.

  62. Chris Myden on December 2nd, 2020

    No problem Philippe, I'm glad it helped!

  63. GC on January 24th, 2021

    Just a heads up that Canadians aren't currently able to visit Iceland:

    https://www.icelandair.com/blog/iceland-is-open-faq/

    https://www.logreglan.is/english/regarding-travel-restrictions-to-iceland-as-a-result-of-covid-19/

    I really do appreciate all the work you do to maintaining this site.

  64. Chris_Myden on January 25th, 2021

    Thanks GC ! I have updated the Iceland entry.

  65. Adrianne on June 3rd, 2021

    What a gem you are Chris! Really appreciate all the hard work here!

  66. Chris_Myden on June 3rd, 2021

    No problem Adrianne, I'm glad it helps!

  67. Jill on June 3rd, 2021

    Thank you!!! Eager to get travelling and so incredibly thankful for this resource!

  68. Doug on June 7th, 2021

    Your Blog is great. Thank you for keeping up with things. I appreciate all the useful information and helpful hints.

  69. Chris_Myden on June 8th, 2021

    Thanks Jill and Doug, for checking it out!

  70. Antony on June 8th, 2021

    Amazing work. This is super useful. Thank you Chris!

  71. Kristina on June 10th, 2021

    Chris! You rock! Thank you soo much for this amazing article!

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