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When can we travel again?

Travel restrictions have loosened a little in recent months, but the safety of travel at the moment is still on everyone’s minds. While many Canadians have chosen to stay in their home province (or close by) for 2020, many of us are sitting at home and wondering, “when can we travel again?”

It’s a simple question, yet it seems so hard to answer right now. A lot of us are eager to travel overseas again, whether it be to visit a family member outside of Canada or just to have a relaxing vacation away from your home city.

So, we’ve broken down the major questions below on when and where you can travel during COVID-19.

This article was last updated on October 1, 2020. You can find the latest information on which countries are open to travellers with this travel restrictions global map.

When can we travel within Canada?

All of our provinces and territories are at different phases of reopening at the moment, and Canadians cannot freely travel between all regions at this time. Second waves of COVID-19 are now present in certain provinces like Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta, so Canadians travelling between provinces is discouraged.

Many Canadians in 2020 enjoyed staycations over the summer where we packed up and set out to explore our own big backyard, from the Gaspé Peninsula to camping in the backwoods of British Columbia. While flights have opened up for routes throughout Canada on airlines like Air Canada, WestJet, and more, many officials are advising against any non-essential travel between provinces at the moment.

For the latest news on restrictions and interprovincial travel within Canada, click here.

Looking to travel to Nova Scotia, for instance? It is possible, but you will be subject to a two-week quarantine. Those from outside of the Atlantic provinces cannot currently visit the Maritimes, with the exception of Nova Scotia. All non-Maritimers who enter Nova Scotia must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Wondering where you can go in Canada? These are some of the gorgeous mountains you can visit behind a crystal clear lake in Alberta.
When can we travel again in Canada?

When can we travel to the US again?

Are you wondering if Canadians can currently travel to the US? While flights are available from Canadian cities to destinations across the US, the Canada/US land border remains closed to all non-essential travel (tourism). The land border restrictions have recently been extended until October 21, 2020, with no signs of these border restrictions ending anytime soon.

If you do plan to travel to the US by air, please be aware of the local state guidance before booking your trip, as each state throughout the US is different.

Remember to always check the Government of Canada website regularly for the latest updates on any US travel advisories for Canadians.

When can we travel for leisure again?

It’s no surprise that the pandemic of 2020 has changed the way we think of travel and what it means to be a traveller these days. Since the lockdown began in March we’ve conducted interviews, done research, and asked our travellers what they think the new world of travel will look like in 2021 and beyond. We received some fascinating insights.

To stay safe during this time but still indulge in the joys that travel brings, we recommend exploring the beauty of your home province or territory by taking a camping trip. Or if you’re up for a quick escape on a weekend, go on a hike in a new spot near your home city.

Remember to always stay up-to-date with the latest coronavirus travel information for Canadians and be aware of the local health and safety news before you go.

When can we travel internationally?

There are a number of countries with their borders open right now, so you can currently travel outside of Canada if you take a flight.

If you are longing to visit a family member overseas after months in lockdown, please note that on top of some countries open to Canadian travellers, numerous airlines have also lifted some of their flight route restrictions after months on pause due to coronavirus. International travel is possible at the moment, but it is limited.

When can we travel again to Europe?

Wondering if you can travel to Europe again? It is true that Canadian passport holders can travel to parts of Europe, but restrictions may apply. Please check the destination you are planning to travel to, be it in Greece or Norway, because each country in Europe will have specific requirements and restrictions for travellers.

When can we travel again to Mexico?

When it comes to more international travel options for Canadians, Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, and other popular international destinations are open to Canadian travellers. This travel restrictions map has the latest info for you. Note that you do need to follow their health and safety regulations put in place, and quarantine might be required upon arrival.  

And no matter how far you travel right now, you will still be required to self-quarantine for 14 days when you return to Canada.

Is it safe to fly?

Canadians currently have many options when it comes to travelling by plane during coronavirus. Airlines have recently increased their flight routes to both domestic and international destinations, many with much stricter safety measures in place in order to limit the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of travellers. Here are a few changes that you should be aware of:

  • face masks will be required by travellers in most, if not all airports, and on-board the plane
  • hand sanitizing stations have been placed in important spots throughout the airport
  • food and beverage services might be limited on-board as well as at the airport, so it’s best to come prepared
  • temperature screening stations have been set up in the departure halls of Canada’s most popular airports

A major concern for air travellers nowadays is the quality of the air on a flight. This may come as a surprise, but the quality of air on a plane is actually much cleaner than you think. Want to find out more? Here’s all you need to know about airplane filters and cleanliness practices on board.

A dog sitting in front of a body of water.
When can we travel again?

Frequently asked questions

Can I travel during the coronavirus pandemic?

The Canadian government has advised all citizens, permanent residents, and everybody else in the country to avoid any non-essential travel (i.e tourism). This advisory is meant for any type of tourism outside of the country as well as limiting your movement within Canada. Should you choose to embark on an adventure outside of Canada, you are currently required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return. 

Are there restrictions on how far I can travel during the coronavirus pandemic?

There is technically no limit to how far you can travel at this time, but everyone is advised to avoid as much moving around as possible in order to control the spread of this virus. And upon your return to Canada from anywhere outside of the country, you will be subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

What precautions should I take while travelling during the coronavirus pandemic?

It’s important that you follow all of the rules and regulations of the country you’re visiting to stay safe. The Canadian government also recommends that face masks and physical distancing are followed in public spaces during your trip, out of respect for the safety and health of those around during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Do I need to follow the rules if I’m on vacation in another country during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, if you’re going to another country during the pandemic you’ll be required to follow their health and safety rules. It’s important to note that following restrictions and rules of a country you’re visiting is highly recommended anytime you’re travelling, not just during coronavirus.

When will travel return to normal?

We aren’t certain when we can all start regularly travelling again — or if travel is going to look like it has in the past ever again. Many experts are estimating that travel won’t be back in full swing for another year or two. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do and nowhere to go!

This article was last updated on October 1, 2020. You can find the latest information on which countries are open to travellers with this travel restrictions global map.

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