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What to Know About New Regulations for Travellers Abroad

With travel restrictions constantly changing, it’s important to be aware of any rules that may affect your trip

A woman with shoulder length blonde hair is staring into the distance. She is wearing a N95 mask. She has a pair of black earphones around her shoulders. She is wearing a teal backpack with grey straps, which she is holding onto with her hands. She appears to be standing in an airport. Behind her, overhead is a screen with a list of destinations and information that are blurred out.

As travel restrictions are easing in many parts of Canada and around the world, here’s what you need to know before planning your next adventure abroad.

Evolving travel landscape

It can be hard to keep track of the constantly changing travel restrictions.

“Planning for a trip can be very overwhelming in the best of times,” says Elliott Silverstein, director of government relations for CAA Insurance and Orion Travel Insurance.

“This is currently magnified by countries having different rules, restrictions and testing requirements to deal with. Mixed messaging between global agencies and domestic governments only complicates matters further,” he adds.

Relaxing measures in Canada

Although more Canadians have rolled up their sleeves for their vaccinations, loosening restrictions like mask mandates in Ontario is resulting in the emergence of a sixth wave.

Travellers will still be required to wear a mask on any form of public transportation including planes, trains, subways and buses.

As of Feb. 28, the government has downgraded its travel health notice to a Level 2, which means Canadians no longer need to avoid travel for non-essential purposes.

And starting Apr. 1, a pre-entry PCR or rapid test will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

Updated international rules

Directives are constantly evolving not only in Canada, but also at an international level.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested international travel restrictions have not successfully stopped the spread of Omicron and should be lifted or eased as a result.

“While the WHO took a position on travel restrictions, it does not necessarily mean that further changes are imminent for Canada or any country around the world, as each area determines its own policies and restrictions,” Silverstein says.

Travellers should keep up-to-date on requirements for their destination as well as at home by regularly checking the Government of Canada travel and tourism website. It’s important to speak with a travel professional to ensure you’re aware of all the protocols and guidelines, too.

Travel confidently

A CAA Travel Consultant can help you navigate changing travel restrictions and provide helpful advice for your next trip. They can also ensure your travel insurance policy is up-to-date in case you need to cancel or you get sick while away. Visit CAA Travel Insurance for more information.

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