Thursday, August 6th 2020

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



Last updated: August 6th, 2020

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

But technically, as of this month, there are places that are welcoming tourists back, including Canadians.

Below, I've tried to focus on the destinations you can reach with a non-stop flight (aka 'direct') from Canada, and the dates those flights are expected to start from Canada, if they haven't already.

There are certainly other places you can travel to, and other ways of getting to those international destinations, mainly by connecting through the U.S or Europe.

But since the U.S. is on the European Union's 'do not allow' list, this can lead to complications and you will likely want to stick to places you can fly to directly from Canada.

I've also focused on the destinations that are either open to Canadian tourists now, or opening very soon. And have direct flights scheduled from Canada for July or early August.

One thing to keep in mind is that just because an airline has *scheduled* flights doesn't mean things won't change.

The airlines have been scheduling flights, but changing their minds if they see that the demand levels aren't there.

Countries can also change their mind about re-opening dates, or their quarantine policy decisions, based on the virus data, and whether or not Canada reciprocates (allowing their tourists to visit *us*).

CANADA

Domestic travel within our own country can be a bit confusing right now, as it depends on which province you're coming from, and sometimes which province you're a resident of.

Time-to-travel.ca, a website founded by major players in the travel industry (with all the bias that comes with that), has a pretty good interactive map that can show you where you're allowed to travel in Canada, based on these factors.

Keep in mind there might be certain accommodation restrictions that this map doesn't mention, like the fact that Alberta's provincial campgrounds are currently closed to out-of-province campers.

It's a good idea to Google the name of the province you want to visit, followed by 'government travel restrictions'.

MEXICO



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

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

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

Puerto Vallarta (PVR): Direct flights from Calgary, Vancouver & Toronto are scheduled to resume Sep 5th.

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


HAWAII



Update: Hawaii has delayed their quarantine removal plans to September 1st due to an increase in coronavirus cases, particularly on the mainland of the U.S.

Starting August 1st, Hawaii is expected to allow Canadian tourists to visit without a 14-day quarantine, if they provide a recent (72 hours before departure) negative test result for COVID-19.

Travellers will be required to provide printed or emailed pre-test certification as evidence of a negative test result.

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

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

CARIBBEAN

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

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

Antigua & Barbuda



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

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

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

Antigua (ANU) : Air Canada and Westjet are no longer showing scheduled flights until September (previously August).

Aruba



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

You must upload the results of a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure).

Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA) : Air Canada has resumed flights via Toronto. Ditto for Westjet, September 5th (previously August 8th).

Bahamas



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

Travellers to the Bahamas must complete the electronic application at travel.gov.bs prior to departure, and upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no older than 10 days before your arrival date.

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

Nassau (NAS) : Air Canada is showing scheduled flights starting July 31st via Toronto. Ditto for Westjet, September 7th (previously August 8th). Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Montreal on September 12th.

Barbados



Barbados started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 12th.

You need to bring a recent negative COVID-19 test (conducted within 72 hours of departure).

Travellers will be required to complete an online form asking them health questions related to COVID-19 symptoms.

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

Bermuda



Bermuda started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st.

You need to bring a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure) *and* take another test upon arrival.

And then you must take another test on days 4, 8, and 14 of your visit. Wow.

You may also need to have health insurance. And complete a screening form.

You may also need to do the same things listed above when flying back to Canada.

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

Cayman Islands



The Cayman Islands will be re-opening for Canadian tourists on September 1st.

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

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

Cuba



Cuba reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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

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

Cayo Coco (CCC) : Air Transat is scheduled to resume flights from Toronto and Montreal on September 4th.
Westjet is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on September 5th. Ditto for Air Canada on September 12th.

Varadero (VRA) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Montreal on September 10th. Ditto for Montreal on September 11th.

Curacao



Curacao started allowing Canadian tourists again on July 1st.

You need to submit a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure), fill out a digital immigration card, and fill out a passenger locator card at: https://dicardcuracao.com/portal

Visitors must also be adequately insured for medical care.

Willemstad (CUR) : Air Canada is no longer showing scheduled flights until September 13th (previously August).

Dominican Republic



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

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

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

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

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

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

Puerto Plata (POP) : Air Canada's flights via Toronto are scheduled to resume on September 8th. Ditto for Montreal on September 10th.

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

Varadero (VRA) : Westjet's flights via Toronto are now scheduled to resume September 5th (previously August 6th).

Grenada



Grenada is planning to re-open for Canadians on August 1st.

A certified copy of a negative PCR test dated no more than 7 days prior to departure is required. All passengers must also undergo a rapid test on arrival at the airport.

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

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

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

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

Grenada (GND) : Air Canada is showing scheduled flights starting August 10th (previously August 3rd) via Toronto.

Guadeloupe



Guadeloupe reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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

Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) : Air Canada has resumed flights via Montreal.

Haiti



Haiti reopened to Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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

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

Port-au-Prince (PAP) : Air Transat is scheduled to resume flights from Montreal on August 12th.

Jamaica



Jamaica started allowing Canadian tourists on June 15th.

Canadians need to fill out an online travel authorization card. They will be temperature screening at the airport. Those with elevated temperatures will be subject to additional screening and testing, if needed.

Jamaica has introduced a 'COVID-19 Resilient Corridor', which includes the coastline from Negril to Port Antonio. Only businesses within the corridor that have been trained and cleared for opening are permitted to open to tourists at this time.

Kingston (KIN) : Air Canada and Caribbean Airlines have resumed flights, via Toronto. Westjet is scheduled to resume flights on September 5th (previously August 5th).

Montego Bay (MBJ) : Air Canada has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Montreal on September 9th. Westjet is scheduled to resume flights on August 15th (previously August 5th).

Martinique



Travelers to Martinique must show a negative covid-19 PCR test result taken with the last 72 hours or undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Travelers must also take another test on the 7th day of their trip.

Fort-de-France (FDF) : Air Canada has resumed flights via Montreal.

Saint Lucia



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

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

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

Saint Maarten



Saint Maarten started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

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

Saint Vincent & the Grenadines



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

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

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

Saint Vincent (SVD) : Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on July 30th.

Turks & Caicos



Turks & Caicos will be allowing Canadian tourists starting July 22nd.

A recent negative PCR covid test is required.

Providenciales (PLS) : Air Canada resumes flights from Toronto on August 1st. Ditto for Westjet, September 5th (previously August 8th). Air Canada resumes flights from Montreal on September 13th (previously August 2nd).

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

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

St. Barths - opened on June 22nd. A recent negative PCR test is required.

U.S. Virgin Islands - opened on June 1st. No mandatory testing on arrival. No recent test required. No quarantine period. However, you must fly in directly from the U.S.

CENTRAL AMERICA

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

Costa Rica



Costa Rica is the one country in Central America allowing Canadian tourists to visit again. They re-opened to Canadian visitors on August 1st.

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

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

The digital form may also eventually be available at https://salud.go.cr/ (the website isn't working at the time of this writing).

San Jose (SJO) : Westjet is scheduled to resume flights on September 5th, via Toronto. Ditto for Air Canada, September 12th.

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

EUROPE

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

Croatia



Croatia started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

You need to provide a *very* recent negative COVID-19 test, dated within 48 hours of arrival. Yes, within 48 hours of arrival. This could be pretty tough for most Canadians, considering the time change, and the fact it can take a while to get from Canada to Croatia.

Visitors are asked to e-mail [email protected] (Croatian border control) stating their intention to cross the border into Croatia.

You also need to show proof of accommodation and fill out this online form.

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

Denmark



Denmark started allowing Canadian tourists on July 4th.

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

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

France



France started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

Paris (CDG) : Air France has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Canada and Air France have resumed flights via Montreal. Air Transat has resumed flights via Montreal. Air Canada resumes flights via Toronto on September 1st (previously August 4th). Westjet resumes flights via Calgary on September 3rd (previously August 20th).

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

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

Germany



Germany started allowing Canadian tourists on July 2nd.

Frankfurt (FRA) : Air Canada & Lufthansa have resumed flights via Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Eurowing has resumed flights via Calgary. Air Canada is scheduled to resume flights via Calgary on September 1st.

Munich (MUC) : Air Canada & Lufthansa have resumed flights from Montreal. Air Canada & Lufthansa resume flights via Toronto on August 27th (previously August 1st).

Greece



Greece started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

Visitors may have to take a test. They will have to self isolate for 24 hours at the address of their destination in Greece until the test results are out. Those who test positive will be quarantined for 14 days in designated hotels.

Greece, along with Cyprus, are 2 of the only European countries that have stated they will cover testing, quarantine, and medical treatment costs for any travellers who test positive during their stay.

Athens (ATH) : Air Canada & Air Transat have resumed flights, via Toronto & Montreal.

Iceland



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

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

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

Italy



Italy currently requires a 14 day quarantine.

I have heard that the Italian consulate has informed Canadians that if they have been in another Schengen country for at least two weeks before travelling to Italy, they don’t need to quarantine in Italy.

Rome (FCO) : Air Canada has resumed flights via Toronto and Montreal. Air Transat is scheduled to resume flights via Toronto on July 27th.

Netherlands



The Netherlands started allowing Canadian tourists on July 1st.

Amsterdam (AMS) : Air Canada and KLM have resumed flights via Toronto. KLM has resumed flights via Calgary, Vancouver, and Montreal.

Poland



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

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

Portugal & the Azores



There is some discrepancy over whether Portugal is really open for Canadian tourists or not.

On many official government websites, the Portuguese government is claiming Canadians will only be welcome once Portuguese tourists are welcome in Canada (aka the 'Reciprocity clause)'.

Airlines like Portugal's TAP are claiming that everything is fine and Canadians are welcome as of July 7th.

Probably best to avoid Portugal until the situation becomes more clear.

July 20th: Portugal just announced that *ALL TRAVELERS* must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 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.

July 22nd: The Portuguese Consulate in Toronto is telling Canadians: "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."

Bottom line: Portugal is tough to figure out right now.

Lisbon (LIS) : TAP has resumed flights via Toronto. Air Transat has resumed flights via Montreal. TAP is scheduled to start flights from Montreal on August 1st.

Oporto (OPO) : Azores Airlines is no longer showing scheduled flights via Toronto (previously July 20th)

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

Spain



Spain started allowing Canadian tourists on July 3rd.

There are not any direct flights from Canada to Spain scheduled until late August (Barcelona via Toronto).

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

Sweden



Sweden started allowing Canadian tourists on July 4th.

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

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

Switzerland



Switzerland will be allowing Canadian tourists on July 20th.

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

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

Turkey



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

There are no mandatory tests or forms.

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

Other countries in Europe that are now open for Canadian tourists, and don't require quarantine or a COVID test, but also don't have direct flights from Canada

To visit these countries, you would need to connect through Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, etc - as there are not any direct flights (non-stop) scheduled from Canada.

Albania - opened on July 1st
Belarus - opened on July 15th
Bulgaria - opened on July 16th
Cyprus - opened on July 16th
Czech Republic - opened on July 15th
Estonia - opened on July 6th
Georgia - no longer opening to Canadians as planned
Latvia - opened on July 1st
Luxembourg - opened on July 1st
Macedonia (North) - opened on July 1st
Malta - opened on July 11th
Montenegro - opened on July 8th
Romania - opened on July 7th
Serbia - opened on May 22nd
Slovenia - opened on July 17th

SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil



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

Sao Paulo (GRU) : Air Canada is showing scheduled flights from Toronto to Sao Paulo starting September 3rd.

THE MIDDLE EAST

United Arab Emirates



The UAE started allowing Canadian tourists on July 7th.

Canadians need to register on an app, and bring a recent negative test result (taken within 96 hours before departure), and have health insurance.

Note: Emirates (the airline) is providing free medical insurance for COVID-19 for it's passengers.

Dubai (DXB) : Emirates has resumed flights from Toronto.

EXOTIC & FAR AWAY

French Polynesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora)



French Polynesia will start allowing Canadian tourists on July 15th.

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

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

The Maldives



The Maldives will start allowing Canadian tourists on July 15th.

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

There are no direct flights from Canada to the Maldives.

Africa

Tanzania



Tanzania has been open to Canadian tourists since the beginning of June.

A negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours is required.

There are no direct flights from Canada to Tanzania. Typically, you need to connect through somewhere in Europe, such as through Amsterdam with KLM.

Tunisia



Tunisia has been open to Canadian tourists since June 27th.

Tunis (TUN) : Tunisair will resume flights from Montreal on July 11th.

Before boarding you must show the results of a recent negative test (conducted within 72 hours of departure)

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

Bali, Indonesia - reopening September 11th

Belize - reopening August 15th (negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or tested and wait for results on arrival). Direct flights *may* be resuming from Toronto to BZE in August.

Jordan - reopening August 4th.

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

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Are there any travel insurance providers that have COVID-19 medical coverage for Canadians?

These are the five I've seen:

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) Medipac's 'Early Bird Special' plan.

www.medipac.com

Medipac is the official insurance provider for the Canadian Snowbird Association and they've announced that their 'Early Bird Special' plan provides coverage for COVID-19 medical claims. While Medipac's demographic is snowbirds heading to Florida, anyone can apply.

You can find the details in this PDF file. The Medipac website seems pretty terrible, and all Google roads for the 'Early Bird Special plan' seem to lead to snowbirds.org or calling for more info.

It could also be worth looking at...

4) MSH International - an insurance agency for 'globally mobile citizens' that seems to be based out of France.

On their FAQ page about COVID-19, MSH claims that 'COVID-19 coronavirus treatment costs are covered in the same way as any medical condition, whether for consultations, lab work, medical imaging or hospitalization.'

www.msh-intl.com

MSH's home office in the Americas is in Toronto. In North America, they go by the name Ingle International and their website is www.ingleinternational.com

In the Ingle International FAQ about COVID-19, which seems to be old (dated March 26th) they state that new policies do not cover COVID-19 for Canadian travellers.

5) Ontario Blue Cross & Quebec Blue Cross

Yes, it's true, Blue Cross has just announced (July 24th) that their emergency medical care benefit will now include coverage for COVID-19 providing the insured person does not show signs or symptoms of COVID-19 prior to departure.

The Emergency Medical Care benefit covers the insured person even if a government notice 'not to travel' is in place.

Trip Cancellation or Interruption related to COVID-19 is not available.

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

  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. Daniel on July 9th, 2020

    The virus will not go away. And it is not a given that a vaccine will be developed. So, Holly, how long are you prepared to stay on your high horse? A Year? Two?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. Sparky on July 9th, 2020

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

  8. Sparky on July 9th, 2020

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

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Bobcat70 on July 9th, 2020

    What about travel to the US?

  13. 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

  14. Bobcat70 on July 9th, 2020

    Thank you!

  15. 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)

  16. 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?

  17. 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????????????

  18. 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????????????

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. Rhonda on July 9th, 2020

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

  22. Rhonda on July 9th, 2020

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

  23. 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).

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Leah on July 9th, 2020

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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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?

  31. 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)

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Ian M on July 14th, 2020

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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?

  37. 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.

  38. 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?

  39. 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?

  40. 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).

  41. 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.

  42. 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!

  43. 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.”

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

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