The Canadian Travel Advisory Lifts!!! This, and more, in PT.IV..A Saga: When can we travel again?



We all are preparing to travel again in 2022. Over at Connection Tours, we've been continually speaking with travel agents about the huge demand they are seeing for 2022.



I'm really excited about this update because it has been a while since our last posting!



So much has happened both here in Canada and around the world, as countries start thinking about how they can open up their borders to fully vaccinated travellers and compete for their business.



What a WILD RIDE we are on, am I right!?



Let's get to it.



 


^^^ In March 2020, I was told to head home from a conference setting up the Liberation 75 Tours in Brussels. Coincidentally, it was to be my last trip with my old passport. This is part IV of the "When can we travel again - A saga"


 

Updates with the Government of Canada



Government Travel Advisory Lifts!



The biggest news came 2 days ago!!!


The global advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside the country was put in place in March 2020, and for 18 months we have waited.


On Oct 22nd, Canada quietly lifted this blanket advisory on their official website, travel.gc.ca.


Many in the industry have been quick to point out that Canada has been slower than many other countries to remove its blanket advisory against international travel, but historically, Canadian advisories have slowly followed behind. Very slowly, carefully, perhaps even painfully at times, behind IATA's average.


This doesn't apply to cruise travel yet, nor will it apply to individual country advisories, that will depend on that destination's unique COVID-19 risk profile.


What does that mean for you, my dear tour traveller?


The removal of the global travel advisory will make it easier for Canadians to acquire more affordable travel insurance plans, no doubt about it, but know that insurance companies will also be taking into account the destination you're travelling to.


For tour operators across Canada, this advisory lift means we can safely operate tours again with Canadian assurances and licensed support, and that's a big deal.


So we're celebrating this great step forward this week and looking forward to having our 2022 tour year moving forward as planned.


However, there are still, as always, many additional regulations and requirements to keep in mind as we uncover this saga! I have no doubt there is more news to come, my friends.



New Proof of Vaccination Requirement



The Canadian Government also announced that proof of vaccination will be required as of October 30th 2021, to travel by air, rail or cruise on any Canadian carrier, on any service both within and departing the country.


This is going to apply to all flights within Canada and international flights, you'll need to show proof that you're fully vaccinated.


The only exceptions will be for specific cases of emergency travel, those who are medically unable to be vaccinated, those who live in small remote communities, and those who are under the age of 12.