Earlier this month, the Canadian government lifted restriction on travel for those in the country who are fully vaccinated. And while the topic of vaccines is still quite a controversial one, if it means I get to take a vacation sooner rather than later, to me that’s reason enough. While you can still travel without being fully vaccinated, there are extra hurtles you’ll have to overcome at every stop along the way. Being fully vaccinated when travelling just makes your life a whole lot easier, and the experience that much more relaxing.
Aside from simply feeling safe, being fully vaccinated does give you some extra perks not only in the airport, but after you get home.
Avoid Post-Vacation Quarantine
When travelling as a fully vaccinated person, you can avoid the torturous 10-14 day mandatory quarantine still in place for those who haven’t had both shots. You will however, be required to take a pre-entry test 48 hours before returning to Canada, and you must have a quarantine plan in place should your result come back positive.
A Special Line at Airports
Canadian airports have different lines, for different vaccination status’. Fully vaccinated travellers, using the ArriveCAN app, will be funnelled through a less intense screening process before boarding their plane. Anything I can do to save time and headache in line at the airport, I’m all for it!
Fewer Tests Throughout Your Vacation
Being fully vaccinated also helps you to avoid the multitude of COVID tests required at every stage of your vacation. While you still need a negative test 2 days before re-entering Canada, you will not have to take a test on day 8 of your travels.
No More Quarantine Hotels
Not only is this perk saving you time, but it’s saving you money as well. Not having to quarantine after travelling means you are not required to pay for a government approved hotel stay. Remember to have your quarantine plan in place, just in case!
More Destinations to Choose From
Many international destinations are only open to fully vaccinated Canadians. While there is still some confusion around whether mixed vaccinations will be accepted everywhere, there are a decent list of countries that are accepting Canadian travellers with 2 shots.