WHAT HAS CHANGED WITH BOOKING WITH WOOD TRAVEL SINCE THE PANDEMIC?
Wood Travel now requires all clients to complete a disclaimer form when booking any international land, air, or combination package for travel. This disclaimer is required for all new bookings as there is still a government issued Travel Advisory in place. We have also put in place a mandatory deposit for all bookings, which will be applied to your final purchase when you complete your booking. These restrictions may lift when the travel advisories are removed. If you have any questions please contact Wood Travel.
While Wood Travel will absolutely book travel for Canadians, we are highly recommending travel be limited to domestic travel within Canada. For those who still wish to travel abroad, Wood Travel can assist you while keeping you informed as to situations in your destination as they are during the booking process. Please take the following into consideration if planning out of country travel:
Understands you may have difficulty obtaining essential products or services, face strict movement restrictions and quarantines while in or traveling to or from the destination, and that consular services may be limited.
Understand that you may be subjected to health screening, health questionnaires, COVID-19 testing, or even quarantines during your travels. The quarantining if required, would be at a locally approved facility at your expense, with no refunds issued for the cost of the trip.
Understand that your insurance may not cover travel or medical expenses.
Understand that commercial airspace closures and movement restrictions can occur without warning and could prevent your return to Canada.
Understand that you will self-isolate for 14 days when you return to Canada. This is mandatory as per the Quarantine Act. This includes going directly to a place of quarantine without stopping anywhere, being in a place where they will have no contact with vulnerable people such as 65 years or older or people with underlying medical conditions, they cannot have visitors or leave the quarantine area and must keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others.
Understand that if you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of your return, that you self-isolate from all others, immediately call a health care professional and extend quarantine to 14 days following the appearance of symptoms.
Understand that if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you may not enter Canada by air, to protect the health of all travelers.
Understand that the travel supplier reserves the right to make flight changes that may affect your itinerary. Neither the travel provider or Wood Travel 2017 are responsible for any changes that may affect the passenger(s). Should you wish to continue with the booking the travel provider issued at the time of change, there will be no service charge to do so. Should you wish to cancel the itinerary given to you at that time, there will be a one time fee of $100 for changes to a new resort/or new date chosen by yourself. since that cancellation and rebooking procedures take some time to complete.
There are serious implications to travelling at the moment both for health issues that can arise as well as travel plans being rearranged without your consent. Should you develop COVID-19 while out of country, insurance companies may not cover your stay since we have a mandatory travel restriction in place in Canada. Health costs abroad can ruin one financially. Also, schedule changes with air providers can occur at any time, which can affect your destination resort reservation based on availability.
Government of Canada and WHO information
The Canada/U.S. border is closed to all non-essential travel, but remains open for the shipment of goods and key supplies. The latest border information is here.
The latest Government of Canada information for travel is here.
The latest World Health Organization (WHO) information is here.
Prevention and Planning
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is actively monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). You can find preventative information here on the PHAC’s website or call the Health Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397 with further questions.
Travellers are encouraged to read the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) travel health notices here.
For the latest official government of Canada updates on travel restrictions, please visit the PHAC website.
Flights and Border Services
Effective April 20, 2020, all air passengers departing or arriving via any Canadian airport will be required to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Learn more on the Transport Canada website.
Information about procedures at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is here.
Information about procedures at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) is here.
Information about procedures at Toronto’s Pearson airport (YYZ) is here.
Information about procedures at Montreal’s Trudeau airport (YUL) is here.
Air Canada (and Air Canada Rouge) has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
WestJet has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
Air Transat has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
Swoop has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
Porter has issued a response to COVID-19 here.
On May 29, 2020, the Government of Canada re-evaluated the cruise ship deferment. Cruise ships with a capacity of over 100 persons are not able to operate until October 31, 2020. All passenger vessels that may not fall into this categorization are required to follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements to resume operation. For other specifics around passenger vessels carrying over 12 persons, Arctic coastal water restrictions or any other up-to-date information, visit the Transport Canada website.
If you had planned to travel to Canada as a part of a cruise, we urge you to contact your cruise line for the latest information on cancellations, changes, or other relevant information.
VIA Rail Canada is monitoring the situation and is posting their latest information here.
Rocky Mountaineer is monitoring the situation and is posting their latest information here.
The Hotel Association of Canada is updating their information here.
Events and Conferences
If you’re travelling to Canada for an upcoming conference or event, we recommend contacting your event organizer and host venue for the most up-to-date details.
Further information for our Business Events industry partners can be found here.
How to Stay Healthy
The World Health Organization recommends that individuals:
Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or for non-emergency situations only, call 8-1-1, or for 7-1-1 for the deaf or hard of hearing.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has a COVID-19 information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
Visit the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s website for the latest update on COVID-19.
Follow Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Twitter: @CPHO_Canada
TRAVEL NEWS for August 6, 2020
Contact Tracing for U.S. Travel
If you are planning travel to the U.S., we received word from that the Centre for Disease Control is expected to soon announce that it will mandate contact tracing for all passengers arriving to the U.S., effective September 1. Airlines will have to advise you about their option for transmission of the Contact Tracing Data, so that passengers can be advised accordingly. Once this is officially announced it seems airlines will request full name and address of stay in the U.S., phone numbers and email address all before boarding the flight. Failure for a passenger to provide this information will prevent them from boarding. The airlines will have three options by which to transmit the passenger data to Customs and Border Protection. The information will need to be inputted in your airline reservation at the time of booking.
Cruise Suspension Extended to October 31
Cruise Lines International Association announced today that its ocean-going cruise line members have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruise operations until at least 31 October 2020.
Negative COVID-19 Medical Certification Required For Travel
From August 1, 2020, all passengers traveling to Dubai, including passengers connecting in Dubai, must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate, according to the latest guidelines issued by Emirates airlines.
However, passengers from a set of 29 countries will also be obliged to take a second test on arrival. This is in contrast to other passengers, who according to Emirates can just show their negative test on arrival.
“All other passengers can take a COVID-19 PCR test 96 hours before their flight and carry their printed negative test certificate with them when they travel,” read the Emirates website on Thursday.
Travelers from the 29 countries listed must source a COVID-19 test before they get on the flight and again on arrival.
“A COVID-19 PCR test is also available on arrival in Dubai, if you haven't taken one in your home country (excluding travelers arriving from the countries above, who must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate to be accepted on the flight),” explained Emirates.
Here are the 29 locations that require PCR tests on both sides:
• Russian Federation
• South Africa
• Sri Lanka
• USA - Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Orlando (MCO), including passengers originating from California, Florida and Texas connecting to an Emirates flight from any of our airports worldwide to Dubai.
This information was current at the time of publishing, and can change without notice. Wood Travel will not be held liable for errors or omissions. Please contact Wood Travel to assist with your travel arrangements.