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Offline John Rudd

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Current status in Canada
« on: February 09, 2021, 01:40:57 PM »
I wonder if any of our Canadian friends could give some idea of what is happening in Canada at the moment with the current Covid situation? We are travelling around the Eastern area...Quebec etc....

I'm due to holiday there in May after having last yrs visit cancelled due to Covid..... :bang:

Thanks..
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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2021, 07:50:40 AM »
Best advice I can give is to start looking at a Canadian news outlet regularly (CTV,CBC). There are a number of new restrictions about to be implemented to discourage non-essential travel by everyone (resident and foreigner alike). For example, all scheduled airlines have ďvolunteeredĒ to cancel all flights to traditional spring break destinations.

Canít share any specifics about Ontario east, Iím in BC and each province has its own approach, rules and issues.
Things can very quickly though so todayís story isnít valid very long.


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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2021, 08:30:14 AM »
I expect that the compulsory quarantine hotels will still be operating for returns to the UK in May John at (I understand) £1750 per head which adds cost and and two weeks extra time.

Not sure I'd be still planning to go myself.

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Offline John Rudd

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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2021, 08:54:36 AM »
I emailed our travel agent yesterday.
Their reply was ď we donít anticipate any issues at the moment,so a refund is not possible, your holiday is likely to go ahead. ď
Hmmm...not the answer I was expecting....I paid by credit card but again a refund is unlikely....

Best keep watching...
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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2021, 09:29:57 AM »
Speaking of quarantines - a PCR test is required before departure to Canada and another upon arrival. Travellers will soon be required to book quarantine in a government facility at their cost until test results are known ... can take 3 days and C$2000.
Check the News Release link on this page ... https://travel.gc.ca

Unfortunately your refund seems to be hiding behind "it's possible" without considering all the hurdles and additional costs to overcome.
As Andrew said, I wouldn't be planning to visit yet.  Even getting around individual provinces and regions can be challenging for non-essential reasons.

Good thing we can putter in the shed!
Charlie

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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2021, 10:04:27 AM »
Charlie,
I booked this holiday long before COVID became as ďbig as it isĒ.
Bought and paid for in Feb 2020. We were going to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary and my wifeís birthday during the time away. Then we were placed in lock down, so the ta suggested rescheduling for this May....It also meant they didnít have to give us a refund...So we agreed...Now obstacles are being put in place to prevent us holidaying but the ta is still reluctant to refund, suggesting moving it to next year....
One majorly important aspect of our holiday is that we are not residing in one hotel, we have an itinerary, stopping off at various locations throughout Eastern Canada...so a 14 day isolation period is not feasible..
I guess we need to wait a bit more..
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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2021, 03:50:52 PM »
I'd be rescheduling.
Here in Oz, an outbreak at a quarantine hotel (8 cases) has already resulted in 1 border closure. And if I recall, they are the only cases in the state.

With luck, the vaccination programme commencing worldwide will result in significant reductions in outbreaks, and also recognition of one's vaccination status allowing exemption from most restrictions.


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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2021, 07:29:56 PM »
And now with 13 cases of 'the UK strain' we are in a hard 'circuit breaker' lockdown for 5 days.

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Re: Current status in Canada
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2021, 07:51:33 PM »
Iím afraid it will be wait and see it will depend on vaccines and what the idiots in power  proclaim right now they require a test done before boarding and one when you get here + a 3 day stint in quarantine at a $3000.00 cost to you.