Where Can Canadians Travel Right Now in 2020?

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Air Canada enRoute is keeping tabs on which parts of the world are open for Canadians touching down for business or leisure.

This information is up to date as of November 16, 2020.
 

Air Canada is currently flying to more than 90 destinations this winter across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Here’s what you need to know before you pack your bags.

First off, know that travellers returning to Canada from other countries are required to quarantine for a mandatory 14-day period.

However, the good news is that according to IATA, the chances of contracting a disease from an ill person during a flight is likely to be lower than in other confined spaces. This is because modern aircraft refresh cabin air every few minutes and are equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (or HEPA) filters, which remove at least 99.9 percent of particles, including microscopic viruses and bacteria. According to Marc Garneau, Canada’s Transport Minister, there is no evidence to date of a passenger contracting Covid-19 onboard an aircraft.

The Canadian Travel & Tourism Roundtable’s key travel information page includes a regularly updated list of countries that Canadians are allowed to travel to with little or no restrictions.

November 16, 2020

Canada

A road running through the fields and mountain of Alberta's Icefields Parkway
Icefields Parkway, Alberta.   Photo: Abben S (Unsplash)

Travel between the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec is permitted. However, some parts of Canada are accepting only certain visitors. Check restrictions for these provinces and territories:

Europe

White hilltop homes of Greece
Greece.   Photo: Charlie Marusiak (Unsplash)

On October 24, the European Union announced it would permit member states to restrict entry to Canadian citizens. However, Poland, Italy and Romania are still allowing Canadian travellers to visit without the need to quarantine upon arrival if they do not display symptoms of Covid-19.

Iceland: Canadian citizens arriving in Iceland must either quarantine for 14 days or undergo a double Covid-19 testing procedure and then go into quarantine for five or six days.

Further reading: Check the EU’s Re-Open EU for detailed up-to-date information on travel restrictions across all EU countries.

United States

The front entrance of Union Station in Denver, Colorado
Union Station, Denver, Colorado.   Photo: Mimi Di Cianni (Unsplash)

While the land border between the U.S. and Canada remains closed for non-essential travel, Canadians who do not display symptoms of Covid-19 are allowed to fly to the country so long as they have not visited China, Iran, Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom or any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen Area during the 14 days prior.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Aerial view of the beach at Bloody Bay, Jamaica
Bloody Bay, Jamaica.   Photo: Josh Eaton (Unsplash)

Canadians can travel to 20 destinations in the region, but entry requirements vary. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Panama, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Turks and Caicos each have their own regulations that require Canadians to undergo medical screening or Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing either before travelling or upon arrival.

While Canadians travelling to Mexico or Jamaica are not required to undergo medical testing, they do need to obtain travel authorization before flying. Travellers arriving in Brazil are required to have medical insurance for the duration of their stay. The insurance must have a minimum coverage of at least BRL 30,000 and be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish.

Cuba: Passengers travelling as tourists are allowed to enter Cuba if they have a reservation at an approved hotel in Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cayo Santamaria, Cayo Guillermo or Cayo Cruz.

Further reading: Refer to these links for more detailed and relevant information on travelling to the following countries:

Middle East

Two men walking on the beach with their camels in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   Photo: Fredrik Öhlander (Unsplash)

Canadian residents are able to enter the United Arab Emirates, but are required to undergo a Covid-19 PCR test showing no infection within 96 hours before the date of departure. PCR tests are also available for passengers arriving at Dubai International Airport.

Additional Resources

For the latest information check out IATA’s Travel Centre Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map, which sources comprehensive information from airlines and government agencies on travel restrictions.

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