One key question for planning a 2021 trip to Canada is the current border closure and travel ban on International travelers to Canada because of Covid. The government is being very conservative and cautious with the current situation. We believe the border will be open for 2021 with a system of safety protocols put in place. Based on news many may already be aware of; we are very optimistic for 2021.
The International airports in Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver have now implemented or about to implement new pilot programs to allow International travelers to enter Canada without facing a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The system requires a traveler to present proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of travel or they can take a Covid test and present a negative result at the airport as they enter. This enables travelers to skip the mandatory 14-day quarantine period after test results are reported. (Please keep in mind entry is currently only available to International travelers with relevant business or family matters in Canada)
In late September, Canada ordered 7.9 million Rapid Covid tests from Abbott Diagnostics with deliveries beginning now thru the New Year.
On November 9, Pfizer has announced their vaccine has completed a test program with an amazing 90% effectiveness. This vaccine may be approved as early by late November which distribution to begin immediately thereafter. On November 16, Moderna announced their vaccine has shown an even higher 94.5% efficacy rate. (the flu vaccine operates successfully with a 50% efficacy) Just as important, the five people who tested positive and received the Moderna vaccine during the 3rd stage trials only had mild cases of the illness. Several other vaccines are in 3rd stage trials and will be following shortly, including AstraZeneca. Dr. Fauci has stated coronavirus vaccines will be available to the general US public by April 2021. A similar timeline is anticipated for Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau lauded the Pfizer announcement, stating “We now see light at the end of the tunnel.”
The peak of Canadian tourism runs from May thru October. International travel generates 6 billion Tourist dollars a month to the Canadian economy. We believe all of these developments are the precursors of an overall protocol to reopen the border in 2021. Belize, the Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii and other destinations have all instituted similar programs successfully without a vaccine in place. With the new vaccines coming online soon, this will enable the Canadian government to reopen borders successfully and safely for all. The Canadian government has been very cautious during this crisis and all travelers can rest assured once Canada is reopened to international travelers it will be one of the safest vacation destinations on the planet. Ganglers will add its own heightened safety and cleaning protocols to add a further layer of safety.
We are so close we can smell the Canadian shore lunch cooking! Time to get back to the Great Canadian North all of us love so deeply. We still have some space available for 2021, please contact us for more info. We can’t wait!
In the meantime, we wish all good health and safety as this nightmare will soon come to an end.