Covid-19 – three things you need to know!

The USA and Canada are slowly opening their shared border, albeit for fully vaccinated travellers. Since most snowbirds are fully vaccinated expect to be able to drive to and fro by November 1, 2021. Canada already has a procedure in place for entering the country. I would suspect the US will have a similar “fully vaccinated” protocol for travellers to enter into their country. Stay tuned as the drama continues!

This is exceptionally complicated. Prior to travelling make sure you speak to your travel insurance broker. It will be almost impossible for non-vaccinated travellers to purchase affordable travel insurance. Furthermore Covid has added extra considerations you need to understand related to premium$, covid hospital and illness limitations, exclusions, and even how long the policy is good for. This doesn’t even cover the normal exclusions Insurers insist upon surrounding pre-existing illnesses, injuries or diseases.

Be careful.  Be safe.  Get vaccinated as soon as practicable.  The USA is still struggling with its vaccine rollout especially in the southern states. In particular the very states you most want to travel to, are presently in the midst of a fourth wave. Canadians are not allowed to drive into the USA. The border is closed. You can fly into the US if you meed the criteria.

Fully vaccinated US travellers can enter Canada. On Sept. 21, fully vaccinated world travellers can enter the country. Please note, the Canadian government has built an app called “ArriveCAN”.   It must be completed prior to entry. Visitors must adhere to strict Safety protocols both before and after entering the country in order to prevent the spread of the Covid Virus. ArriveCAN is available as a mobile android or ios app: download the ArriveCAN app or access ArriveCAN online here

All individuals entering Canada regardless of mode, are required to use ArriveCan.  As a requirement Travellers are to submit the following information to ArriveCAN before boarding their flight or arriving at a land border crossing:

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and recent (withing 72 hours) Covid Test Results
  • if travelling by air, the trip reference code for the hotel quarantine reservation (you need to quarantine in a qualified Hotel for a set number of days)
  • Vaccination information

Once you submit your information through ArriveCAN a receipt will be displayed and emailed to you.

Upon arrival in Canada – you will be required to show your ArriveCAN receipt to a border officer and proof of a negative Covid test.

After you arrive in Canada – you must submit the following information via ArriveCAN:

  • confirm you’ve arrived at a government-authorized hotel or the address you provided for your quarantine or isolation location; and,
  • complete a daily COVID-19 self-assessment until the end of your quarantine period or until you report symptoms.

Who is fully vaccinated? The Canadian government defines “fully vaccinated” as those who have had the full regiment of: Moderna; Astra Zeneca; Pfizer; the mixing of the vaccines; and, the one shot Johnson and Johnson.  

Fully vaccinated Canadians and USA residents still need a negative covid test to enter the country. There is no quarantine nor obligation to do any more testing after entering.