When can we travel again? PT.III..A saga

Updated: Jul 25, 2021



In a blog post over at Connection Tours earlier this year, we were talking with travel agents about the huge demand we are seeing for 2022 and what it's been like to book and re-book our space (hotel space, airfare, guides, restaurants, museums etc.).



It's been a bumpy ride, and we're excited about the future - but none of these bookings will matter if we don't focus on the most important question:



When can we travel again?



And what will it be like when we can travel again?


Ugh, can we cue the Kokomo song YET? Please!?



Last week, the saga continues with more exciting news.



Let's talk about what we know from last week, and what's good to know in the weeks ahead.



 


^^^ In March 2020, I was told I had 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 III of the "When can we travel again - A saga"


 

For travellers coming into Canada



The Government of Canada announced last week that fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada for discretionary travel as of August 9, 2021.


Then, provided that Canada’s COVID-19 case counts remain low, fully vaccinated nationals of other foreign countries will be able to enter Canada as of September 7, 2021.


Now, a crucial reminder, if there’s an uptick in COVID-19 cases, expect these measures to be pushed back.



What about Canadians returning home?


On July 5, Canada loosened travel restrictions to allow fully vaccinated Canadian residents to return home without undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine.



We knew from the start that only fully vaccinated travellers would be able to travel but to be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have completed a full series (or mixed series) of Health Canada-approved vaccines – that is: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days prior to their arrival in Canada.



Borders remain closed to unvaccinated foreign nationals entering for the purpose of tourism, and if you're a Canadian returning home unvaccinated, the 14-day quarantine is still mandatory - however, also as of August 9, Canada will put an end to the three-day hotel quarantine policy that began in January 2021.



Canada’s hotel quarantine was a complete disaster from start to finish, and we are happy to see it go.



The New Testing System Announcement (oh boy)



As Canada prepares to welcome an influx of travellers back into the country, a new post-arrival testing strategy will need to be implemented for fully vaccinated travellers.