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Traveling from Canada to another country these days

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Traveling from Canada to another country these days

Do we need to take the covid test before departure? Or its not required?
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As a standard procedure not required.
(So far Govt of Canada is just beginning to roll out Airport Covid Tests for Travellers coming into Canada
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/ai ... e-measures )

However ... if you are going out of Canada, some countries may require proof of a recent Covid Test to grant admittance (or to skip their Quarantine period)

Check with the Country you wish to travel to AS YOU PLAN so you know their Covid Rules & Regulations for Foreign Visitors
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At Pearson they only check your temperature but once you enter another country is a different story. Every country has its own rules for foreigners.

You need to call the embassy or consulate to check as website information are not always current.
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test9251 wrote: Do we need to take the covid test before departure? Or its not required?
It’s destination specific.
Some countries do require this and it would be up to you to make sure you meet their entry requirements. Failure to do a can mean you will be denied boarding.
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test9251 wrote: Do we need to take the covid test before departure? Or its not required?
you have to comply rules required by your destination country also if you fly via a third country, things can get more complicated.
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are we allowed to fly for vacation? or is it enforced at the airport that it has to be essential travel?
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test9251 wrote: Do we need to take the covid test before departure? Or its not required?
On Canada’s part, they dont require you to do the test, but both the airline you’re flying with as well as the destination country “may” require a covid test. Along with that, many countries will also require you to submit an application for approval to enter the country. Many airports are even generally closed for transit except for certain itineraries and destinations. Make sure you check on the latest policies for all the transit points and the airlines you’re choosing to travel with, they’re constantly changing and with the amount of infections currently accumulating, Canada will soon be among the countries restricted from entry into certain countries.
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SquirreI wrote: are we allowed to fly for vacation? or is it enforced at the airport that it has to be essential travel?
You can travel for whatever reason you'd like - there has never been any restriction on leaving the country or traveling for leisure.

You do of course have to quarantine for 14 days on return, and ensure you meet all the requirements of your destination country.
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gei wrote: You can travel for whatever reason you'd like - there has never been any restriction on leaving the country or traveling for leisure.

You do of course have to quarantine for 14 days on return, and ensure you meet all the requirements of your destination country.
thanks, wasn't sure. cause the government just says avoid all non-essential travel. so wasn't sure if it's enforced at the airport by the border officers or what. i guess now is the time to buy tickets.
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SquirreI wrote: thanks, wasn't sure. cause the government just says avoid all non-essential travel. so wasn't sure if it's enforced at the airport by the border officers or what. i guess now is the time to buy tickets.
Also be aware ...

That due to the Cdn Govt stance “avoid non essential travel” ... and their global travel advisories
https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

That getting travel insurance ... be it for your transportation / hotels etc (trip insurance)
Or travel medical insurance ... may be very difficult to obtain
OR ... if you try to make a claim ... it may be dang near impossible to collect
(Covid is seemingly like An ACT OF GOD ... or a WAR ... lots of folks are not getting any coverage when things go belly up
For more info ... see the many threads in this FORUM that tells the woes of cancelled travels ... and folks still not getting any money back ... and in some cases ... too bad, so sad ... no compensation at all. Fortunately, it looks like no RFDers have caught Covid & been hospitalized overseas and had to deal with that nightmare ... but there are certainly a few Cdn Travellers that have that the media has covered. You can GOOGLE for more info)

For many of us ... with this being a global pandemic
And Canada’s stance (avoid non essential travel)
Plus the lack of insurances

It’s just too big a price to pay / chance to take

Know plenty of snowbirds who are going squirrely at home this winter
But ... over 60, possibly preexisting conditions
Travelling without insurance just ain’t an option
And many younger Cdns feel the same way too
A few weeks in a Hospital ICU abroad ... could easily cost you a million
And no insurance ... it’s just unfathomable
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i would not go to other country unless it's absolutely necessary. the situation is quite fluid at the moment, you don't know what's gonna happen in next 24 hours, any country could change its policy at any time. i'm taking a road trip IN CANADA, support canadian economy, pal. and hey, even for this, MB not allow you to travel around within MB if you are from ON unless you quarantine yourself for 14 days first - officially, I know some one stop by and get around this for a day or two on the road trip.
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Was watching the local CTV News here in Eastern Ontario
(Ottawa affiliate )
And they announced that starting today
That all departing travellers would now be screened for symptoms (Questionnaire)
And a temperature check

This comes as new cases ramp up in Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec
And local health officials in BOTH Provinces say we are now entering the second wave

By all accounts it’s not just gonna be happening locally

As Canada seemingly seems to be on the cusp of Covid 2.0
One can expect more stringent measures to be put into place Canada wide
(And public health has said, although no one wants another full on shut down / lockdown ... no one is yet ruling out the possibility one is coming as we get into Fall & Winter ... and also Flu Season, which will only complicate the management of Covid all the more )
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PointsHubby wrote: Was watching the local CTV News here in Eastern Ontario
(Ottawa affiliate )
And they announced that starting today
That all departing travellers would now be screened for symptoms (Questionnaire)
And a temperature check

This comes as new cases ramp up in Eastern Ontario & Western Quebec
And local health officials in BOTH Provinces say we are now entering the second wave

By all accounts it’s not just gonna be happening locally

As Canada seemingly seems to be on the cusp of Covid 2.0
One can expect more stringent measures to be put into place Canada wide
(And public health has said, although no one wants another full on shut down / lockdown ... no one is yet ruling out the possibility one is coming as we get into Fall & Winter ... and also Flu Season, which will only complicate the management of Covid all the more )
From what I know, all throughout the summer they’ve been temperature screening passengers along with a health declaration by the passenger to declare any symptoms. It doesnt seem like there’s been any new procedural implementations lately
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MeatJuice wrote: From what I know, all throughout the summer they’ve been temperature screening passengers along with a health declaration by the passenger to declare any symptoms. It doesnt seem like there’s been any new procedural implementations lately
Yes, nothing new.

People keep spreading misinformation.
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MeatJuice wrote:
From what I know, all throughout the summer they’ve been temperature screening passengers along with a health declaration by the passenger to declare any symptoms. It doesnt seem like there’s been any new procedural implementations lately
mebiuspower wrote: Yes, nothing new.

People keep spreading misinformation.
I think some of it is NEW

A lot depends WHERE YOU LIVE

To control Covid, Canada went to just a few airports tagged to handle INTERNATIONAL Flights ... vs the many that did pre-Covid

So it might have been the norm for these checks in those bigger airports ... Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal ... but not so much for smaller cities with International Airports that were now only operating domestically ... like Ottawa (and prob Halifax, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Edmonton, St John’s, Charlottetown, Moncton, Regina, etc )

As no screening for Covid was REQUIRED to fly domestically.
Any measures that were in place were done by particular airlines themselves.

With Covid 2.0 coming ... this change is being implemented by LOCAL & PROVINCIAL Public Health ... and the LOCAL Airport Authorities.

For the record there are at least 20 cities in Canada that handle International flights during normal times ... going down to just 4 to control Covid was a BIG CHANGE / rerouting inconvenience for many Cdns who don’t live in just those 4 cities

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