When can we travel abroad again?


Are you yearning to travel again? you are not alone.

An Ottawa travel agency says people are booking Caribbean vacations and resorts as early as September, and cruises fill up quickly next year.

“A lot of people are booking now because they got their first vaccination,” said Caroline Bernari, president of Centrum Travel-CWT Vacations. “Everyone feels more comfortable doing this.”

In the past month, Bernari said it has seen a big jump in holiday bookings abroad, especially in the fall and winter seasons of 2021. The demand for cruises is on the rise for 2022 while Canadians are also planning domestic travel.

“It was related to the actual vaccination launch, for sure. People only think they will get vaccinated by September, so they are safe to travel after that.”

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Bernari said people are mainly booking parcels in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico. There are also more bookings for smaller yachts and resorts, and some couples book destination weddings.

“One of our agents probably books 10 vacations a day. It’s too busy,” Bernari said.

Once Quarantine travel rules Change, Bernari thinks travel demand will jump even more.

But would it be safe to travel?

Raywat Dionandan, an epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, said he does not expect large-scale recreational travel until people get their second dose of the vaccine.

In Canada, where gaps extend to four months between shots, that means not traveling until the fall.

“This is how it should work. But I don’t have much confidence in policymakers to do what needs to happen,” Deunandan said. “So I wouldn’t be surprised if we somehow start opening travel to those who only got one chance.”

Even if the population is well vaccinated, Deunandan said, there will still be risks from new COVID-19 variants and cases.

There must be passports for the vaccine. I don’t see a way around it.Rewat Dionandan, an epidemiologist

“Vaccination is not a bulletproof vest,” he said. “Because you are vaccinated this does not mean that you cannot become pregnant and re-infection.

Deunandan said the level of risk at the destination is also important, and travel to the United States could be “fairly robust” by September and October if the two countries have low case numbers and high vaccination rates.

“There must be surveillance and monitoring of public health,” he said. “There should be passports for a vaccine. I don’t see a way around it.”

A man wearing a mask crosses the Pere Hakeem Bridge in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background, on April 1, 2021. American tourists may be able to visit European Union countries this summer if they are fully vaccinated. (Michael Euler / AP)

Dionandan said travel around the world probably won’t happen freely until at least 2024, when countries with hotspots will be able to get enough vaccines to wipe out epidemics.

Americans may travel to the European Union this summer

South of the Border, USA – Her vaccination campaign Much ahead of Canada – He talks with the European Union about plans to develop some kind of COVID-19 International Passport It’s called a green digital certificate.

This means that American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be able to visit European Union countries this summer, According to the New York Times.

“Health Minister Patty Hajdu told CBC Radio.” Home Over the weekend her government is adopting the concept of “vaccine passports” and will Coming up with sample certificates to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel internationally again.

On Monday, European Union officials suggested easing restrictions on visiting the 27-nation bloc as vaccination campaigns accelerate across the continent. Under the proposal, entry would be granted to all who were fully vaccinated with shots authorized by the European Union.

Meanwhile, Doug Manuel, chief scientist at Ottawa Hospital, said it seemed too early to consider traveling, even within Canada.

“I am from the East Coast, and I am not planning to return [this summer]”This is the second year in my life that I will not return … in the summer,” he said.

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