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Updated: September 23, 2020

As travel restrictions continue to ease and vacations spots begin to open back up, many people are wondering what their options are during the pandemic. As of right now, a lot of places have begun to welcome tourists back, but that doesn’t mean getting around will be hassle-free. Here are a few important things to consider when making travel plans during the pandemic, as well as the current travel-status of some popular destinations:

Insurance. One of the biggest hurdles for Canadians travelling abroad right now is obtaining the proper medical travel insurance.

Flight Cancellations. The airline industry is in a precarious state right now. Flights may be cancelled at any time due demand fluctuations or flight restrictions. There is also no guarantee you will be reimbursed for a cancelled flight, so book with caution.

Travel Restrictions. There are certain countries that Canada has either barred travel to or has issued advisories for. And in virtually all cases, Canadians travelling abroad are required to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to the country. Make sure to keep a close eye on the government of Canada’s Travel Advisory website for up-to-date information.

If you do plan on travelling, please remember to wear a face mask in crowded places to protect yourself and others.

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Canada (Domestic Travel)

Travelling within Canada can be a great idea right now not only to save money, but to avoid much of the hassle associated with international travel. However, the domestic travel landscape isn’t exactly straightforward at the moment. Some provinces currently have no restrictions in place while others have barred travel all-together, and still others have implement 14-day quarantines. Time-to-Travel is a great resource that will tell you where you’re allowed to travel in Canada based on your province and what restrictions are applicable.

For travel tips, check out: Canada’s best trips

Antigua

Canadians can travel here starting June 4th, 2020.

Upon arrival to Antigua, you may be requested by local authorities to undergo a PCR test. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Antigua’s Travel Guide

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Aruba

Canadians can fly here starting July 1st, 2020.

You must provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Aruba’s Travel Guide

Bahamas

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

Upon arrival to the Bahamas you must provide a negative test conducted within 10 days prior to your departure. Due to a surge in cases, visitors will also be required to quarantine for 14 days and take another PCR test in order to be released. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Bahama’s Travel Guide

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Barbados

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

You must provide a recent PCR negative test within 72 hours of departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Barbados Travel Guide

Bermuda

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

You must provide a negative PCR test within 5 days of departure. You will also be required to have travel authorization and health insurance prior to travel. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Bermuda Travel Guide

Czech Republic

Canadians can travel here starting July 15st, 2020.

There are currently no entry or testing requirements, but upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Czech Republic Travel Guide

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Denmark

Canadians can travel here starting July 4th, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. However, upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Denmark Travel Guide

Dominican Republic

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

Upon arriving to the Dominican Republic your temperature will be checked and if it is above 38C, you will have to take a rapid test. You may also be required to self-isolate. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Dominican Republic Travel Guide

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Dubai

Canadians can travel here starting July 7th, 2020.

Upon arriving to Dubai you must provide a negative test conducted within 96 hours prior to your departure and provide proof of health insurance. Tests will also be available upon arrival. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Dubai Travel Guide

Ecuador

Canadians can travel here starting August 16th, 2020.

Upon arriving to Ecuador you must provide a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Ecuador Travel Guide

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France

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: France Travel Guide

Germany

Canadians can travel here starting July 2nd, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Germany Travel Guide

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Greece

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

Upon arriving in Greece, visitors may be required to take a test and must self-isolate at their destination until the test results are in. Anyone who tests positive will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Greece Travel Guide

Guadeloupe

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

Upon arriving to Guadeloupe, visitors are required to provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Guadeloupe Travel Guide

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Guatemala

Canadians can travel here starting September 18th, 2020.

Upon arriving to Guatemala, visitors are required to provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Guatemala Travel Guide

Hawaii (US)

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

You must provide a negative test conducted within 72 hours prior to your departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Hawaii Travel Guide

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Honduras

Canadians can travel here starting August 17th, 2020.

Upon arriving to the Honduras, visitors are required to provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Honduras Travel Guide

Iceland

Canadians can travel here starting July 15th, 2020.

Upon arriving to Iceland, visitors are required to take two PCR tests: one upon arrival, and one 5-6 days later. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Iceland Travel Guide

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Italy

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There do not appear to be any listed entry requirements or restrictions. However, this could change at any time! Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Italy Travel Guide

Jamaica

Canadians can travel here starting June 15th, 2020.

In order to travel to Jamaica Canadians are required to fill out a travel authorization card. Visitors will be tested upon arrival at the airport. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Jamaica Travel Guide

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Jordan

Canadians can travel here starting September 8th, 2020.

In order to travel to Jordan, Canadians are required to provide a negative PCR within 72 hours prior to departure, and undergo another PCR test upon arrival. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Jordan Travel Guide

Latvia

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Latvia Travel Guide

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Lithuania

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. However, Lithuania has been quite strict and Canada’s tourist eligibility will be reviewed frequently. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Lithuania Travel Guide

Maldives

Canadians can travel here starting July 15th, 2020.

Upon arrival to the Maldives you must provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to your departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Maldives Travel Guide

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Mexico

Travel is currently open to Canadians

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Mexico Travel Guide

Netherlands

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Netherlands Travel Guide

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Poland

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Poland Travel Guide

Portugal

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Portugal Travel Guide

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Romania

Canadians can travel here starting June 17th, 2020.

Upon arrival to the Maldives you must provide a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to your departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Romania Travel Guide

Saint Lucia

Canadians can travel here starting July 1st, 2020.

Upon arrival to the Saint Lucia you must provide a negative test conducted prior to your departure (the recommended time-frame is 72 hours before departure). Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: St. Lucia Travel Guide

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Spain

Canadians can travel here starting July 3rd, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Spain Travel Guide

Sweden

Canadians can travel here starting July 4th, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Sweden Travel Guide

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Switzerland

Canadians can travel here starting July 20th, 2020.

There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Switzerland Travel Guide

Turkey

You may currently fly to Turkey, but you must apply for an e-visa prior to entry. There are no listed entry requirements or restrictions. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Turkey Travel Guide

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Turks and Caicos

Canadians can travel here starting July 22nd, 2020.

Upon arrival to the Turks and Caicos you must provide a recent negative test conducted prior to your departure. Upon returning to Canada you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

For travel tips, check out: Turks and Caicos Travel Guide


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11 Comments »

  1. Itโ€™s interesting to see where we are allowed to go, but considering the testing backogs at the moment, I think we can practically rule out all places that require proof of a negative test for entry. I recently cancelled a trip to Hawaii we had booked for November. It just doesnโ€™t make sense to attempt it right now.

    • You’re right. It certainly does seem like more hassle than not to travel abroad right now, especially considering the 14 day quarantine upon return! Pretty sure we’ll all be daydreaming about what Hawaii would be like come winter.

  2. Nice post. You did a lot of research, it looks like. Planning a trip soon? I stopped by to say thanks for following my blog. I look forward to getting better acquainted. (with pants, of course)

  3. Getting refunds from Airlines is like winning War. I have 3 airline credits for my cancelled flights and 1 refund is pending for months. So yeah, need to be careful while booking. Really nice post ๐Ÿ‘

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