Slowly, but surely...but travel back to normal?
Finally, after more than 2 years since COVID put a halt to travel, the world is slowly but surely opening up, and traveling is coming back in full force.
However, the world of travel has definitely changed since pre-pandemic times and is still constantly being adjusted:
Use of more technology: To avoid fewer touch points, technology has been widely adopted at a faster pace within the industry. Mobile apps are widely used within airlines, resorts, hotels, excursions, transfers, and even insurance. QR codes are used for menus at restaurants and other important links. Knowing what is available will definitely enhance your trip!
Cancellation/Change policy: Being more aware of the cancellation/change and reservations policies when making a booking. Tour operators and airlines have adapted during covid, but their policy is still in flux. It is important to read the fine print or work with an agent/specialist that is aware of the ins and outs.
Booking TimeLine: Pricing and availability are constantly in flux. With pent-up demand, booking earlier is now more important than ever, especially if you have a specific vision you want to come to life. Remember, most of the time, you can book with a deposit.
There are still restrictions for Canadians travelling:
- Federal Vaccination Certificate - Proof of Fully Vaccinated Status to board planes and trains (for those 12 years of age and 4 months or older) and to not require pre-entry testing.
**Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are not required to provide a valid pre-entry test result if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult.
**Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status.
- Masks on flights
- ArriveCan App to be filled out within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada
It is important to stay up to date with the official government website: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid.
Be prepared and plan ahead. You will be thankful that you did.