The recent announcements that the Government of Canada will be easing border measures and quarantine requirements for Canadians returning home, has got everyone excited about traveling again. However, during these unprecedented times there’s still plenty to keep in mind before you travel, according to Omar Kayway of Goose Insurance.
he has condensed relevant information into the top-4 tips to keep in mind when traveling post-pandemic
Get an approved Covid-19 vaccine: Contact your local health department for more information on Covid-19 vaccination in your area. Get vaccinated and keep proof of vaccination. Here is a list of approved vaccinations in Canada. Once fully vaccinated, you will be able to avoid mandatory quarantine as long as you still test negative for Covid-19 upon return.
Know where you’re going: Although traveling spontaneously, unsure of the final destination is an adventure in itself, this is not the time to do that. The number one thing you need to know before you travel is your destination’s entry requirements and health advisories. The best place to do that is to visit your destination’s official government website, or the local embassy or consulate in your city.
Download the ArriveCAN App: The ArriveCAN mobile app allows you to provide mandatory travel information before your entry into Canada. Contact information, travel purpose, date of arrival, vaccinations and more is required in order to enter Canada. This also must be submitted within 72 hours before your arrival, therefore we highly recommend having this information prepared well in advance. If you still have questions concerning your ArriveCAN account or need help you can find help on the ArriveCAN help page.
Don’t travel without travel medical insurance: Many countries are requiring visitors to have valid travel medical insurance upon arrival, including coverage of costs for potential Covid-19 medical expenses as well as quarantine coverage. Not all travel insurance policies are the same, so carefully review medical coverage, pre-existing medical condition exclusions and always make sure they include Covid-19 coverage.