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With less restrictions, more Canadian families are likely to travel

More Canadian families are likely to begin travelling as restrictions are relaxed.

Key Takeaways:

  • COVID-19 travel restrictions in Canada will be loosened considerably more starting Monday. According to experts, it is expected that an inflow of Canadian tourists will result.
  • Tourists aged 12 and above who are now eligible to visit Canada must undergo pre-entry testing if they are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated.
  • Suderman believes that the relaxed restrictions make travel more appealing to his children. She can’t wait to go on their next journey with her children.

Beginning Monday, Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions will be eased even further. Experts predict that it will result in an influx of Canadian tourists.

Children ages 5 to 11 who are accompanied by a fully immunized parent, stepparent, guardian, or tutor will no longer be required to take the COVID-19 pre-entry test. Kids under the age of five are also exempt from taking a test.

When returning to Canada, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to produce a quarantine plan.

“Every loosening of limitations makes it easier for people to travel, especially families,” said Claire Newell, president of Travel Best Bets.

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“With this round of restrictions, I’ve noticed many more families eager to get out there and travel.”

Many families with younger children, according to Newell, were hampered by the testing requirements.

“That pre-flight exam was both costly and inconvenient,” she explained. “It was an additional step and cost.”

Pre-entry testing will be required for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated tourists aged 12 and above who are currently eligible to visit Canada.

Erica Suderman, a Winnipeg parent, is well aware of this. In March, she and her husband took a trip to Mexico when the testing restrictions were still in effect. Although her entire family has been vaccinated, she and her husband choose to keep their two children at home.

“We didn’t take the kids because I didn’t want to risk them catching COVID and having to test and return home,” Suderman explained. “My children despise taking tests.”

As a parent, Suderman feels the loosened limitations make travel more tempting. She’s excited to take her kids on their next adventure.

More Canadian families are likely to begin travelling as restrictions are relaxed.
More Canadian families are likely to begin travelling as restrictions are relaxed. Image from Reuters

“You’re having fun on vacation, but you’re thinking to yourself, ‘I have to take this test after my trip.'” I’m hoping to avoid getting COVID. Suderman remarked on the former COVID-19 testing requirements, “I don’t want to stay here.” “It was a touch nerve-wracking.”

Experts also caution that if there are fewer hurdles for travelers, there would be fewer barriers to the virus.

“Just keep in mind that the more regulations and constraints are removed, the more opportunity we have to be mobile, get around, and be around more people,” epidemiologist Cynthia Carr said. “Of all, that’s exactly what the virus enjoys.”

Travelers should still take measures and be aware of the risk levels in the place they’re visiting, according to Carr.

“Just so you know what’s going on in the area and the health system,” Carr explained. “Anything can happen while traveling, and you may need to use the healthcare system.”

Despite the US removing mask restrictions for air and train travel, Carr still advocates wearing a mask in congested areas, such as airport terminals, line-ups, and on the plane itself.

Suderman stated, “I would want our trip to be COVID-free.” “I’m masking everything.”

Source: Global News

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