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Travelling to Canada? Here’s what you need to know:

As Canadian border restrictions continue to ease, your family or friends may already be in the process of booking a trip to Canada. Whether their trip is soon or later into the year, it’s never been more important to stay on top of the ever-changing COVID-19 travel guidelines. Keep reading for more tips and information to help keep your loved ones prepared.

Checking travel requirements

If one thing is certain, it’s the uncertain travel restrictions everywhere in the world. To avoid being denied entry into Canada or when coming back home, it’s important to double or even triple-check travel restrictions. For the latest Canada-specific restrictions, visit the Government of Canada’s website. Be sure that your family or friends understand the country’s COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and quarantine requirements, so they have a prepared travel plan in place.

The COVID-19 situation in Canada

It’s important your family or friends also read up on the COVID-19 situation in Canada so they’re informed and understand what they’re walking into—literally. For everything from current and past case counts to new variants, fines for not complying and more, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Canadian provincial travel restrictions

If your family or friends plan on travelling within Canada, there may be provincial or territorial rules and restrictions that could affect your travel plans. To stay up to date on the changing provincial and territorial restrictions, visit the Government of Canada’s website.

Travelling in Canada while sick or with a pre-existing condition

When your family or friends finally make it to Canada, enjoying their trip and catching up on lost time should be their goal. But if they get sick or injured, the costs can be overwhelming. Did you know it costs $930 CDN for an emergency room visit in a Canadian hospital?¹ It’s true. That’s why it’s important to be protected from the unexpected while visiting Canada. Make sure to learn more about other unexpected costs and how to seek protection from your advisor.

The Takeaway

There’s nothing more exciting than reuniting with friends and family. And as the pandemic and its regulations keep changing, it’s important that everyone stays updated. Remember to send your guests visiting Canada the right links to Canada’s COVID-19 policy updates, as well as travel insurance options, so you can have the peace of mind that everyone is prepared, safe and protected from the unexpected.

Lastly, it’s important to know what travel insurance coverage options you have depending on pre-existing conditions and age. For example, Manulife’s Visitors to Canada Travel Insurance provides you the flexibility to get coverage for $15,000, $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 to age 85, or $150,000 to age 69.