I hear borders are beginning to reopen. Where can I go to find out if the Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for my destination?
Even as borders re-open, Canadian government travel advisories may still be in place, which may impact your travel insurance coverage. For Canadian government travel advisories, go to travel.gc.ca.
There are four levels of travel advisory. The top two levels may be mentioned in a travel insurance policy and, if mentioned, can impact your coverage.
- Level 3 means the government recommends against any non-essential travel to that country or region.
- Level 4 is the highest level and it states that Canadians should avoid all travel to a country or region and should come home if already there. This can also apply to specific types of travel such as the Level 4 advisory to avoid all cruise ship travel outside of Canada that has been in place since March of 2020.
To stop the spread of COVID-19, our government closed our land borders on March 13, 2020, and issued a Level 3 Advisory that applies globally. In other words, COVID-19 caused the Government of Canada to advise against non-essential travel to any other country in the world! An advisory this broad is unprecedented. As borders re-open we expect there will be some destinations the government deems safer than others. Instead of a blanket advisory, the advisories may become more specific by destination. Also, depending on the destination, access may be easier for those who are vaccinated vs, those who are not fully vaccinated.
Before travelling outside of Canada, check for any new travel restrictions, guidelines, or requirements at your destination country such as:
- Status of allowing foreign visitors
- Proof of vaccination
- Requirements to be recognized as fully vaccinated
- Quarantine requirements upon arrival and/or the need for a recent negative COVID-19 test.
- Any other entry requirements i.e. download local app, QR code, etc.
Entry requirements to Canada continue to be fluid. Be aware of re-entry requirements when returning home to Canada.
An interruption of your trip may be caused by a positive test or temperature check. COVID-19 has significantly impacted the experience you will have on your trip. It is not just business as usual. It is extremely important to understand how your travel insurance will respond to some of these new types of events before you book a trip and again before you start your journey.
KNOW YOUR TRIP – Ask your provider and check available websites for details before travelling outside of your home province.