As the world adjusts to its new normal, international travel attempts to make a comeback greater than Michael Jordan in ’95… but are we ready?
COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and as a result, we haven't been anywhere either. That's all about to change as international travel destinations begin to re-open their borders and implement new health and safety regulations. This reopening is crucial for countries that rely so heavily on their tourism industry, however most governments are advising against all nonessential travel (which can make getting travel insurance rather tricky).
Canadian federal regulations still call for a mandatory self-isolation/quarantine of 14 days upon returning to Canada. So if you're keen for a little alone time upon your return, make sure you're stocked up on food and streaming services before you leave. For those travel bugs itching to get away this year, here's a list of some international travel destinations that have either reopened or are planning to reopen soon – just don't forget to pack your PPE. Safe travels, literally.
Starting July 1, Aruba will welcome back visitors from Canada and Europe. Social distancing will be in effect along with limited capacity on popular tourist attractions and strict cleaning and hygiene standards for all tourism-related businesses.
International commercial travel will begin July 1 and includes temperature screenings for all incoming visitors and a 'Clean & Pristine' certification program implemented across hotels, restaurants and other major tourism touchpoints.
International travel will resume on – you guessed it – July 1. Upon arrival, visitors should undergo COVID-19 testing at the airport or accommodation and quarantine for 24 hours until test results are delivered.
Borders reopened to international travellers on June 15 during 'Phase One' of Jamaica's reopening. There are new health and safety protocols, all visitors are screened by thermal temperature checks and only businesses that have been trained and cleared are permitted to open.
U.S. Virgin Islands
On June 1 the U.S. Virgin Islands reopened to all travellers. PPE and health screening is required for all arrivals and symptomatic travellers will be referred to the Dept. of Health. It's recommended to call ahead for reservations/distant seating plans at restaurants and bars – no mask, no service.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos is projecting for the return of Canadian travellers between October and December 2020 (Phase Four out of Five) – just as the summer warmth becomes a faint memory.
Direct international flights to Greek destinations will slowly resume on July 1 with Canadian travellers required to take a COVID-19 test before their visit.