Due to the rising Covid instances around the globe over the previous a number of weeks, Air Canada Vacations issued a travel advisory right now that the airline has chosen to halt some flight routes to various locations within the Caribbean. These international locations are also referred to as “Sun” locations within the Canadian journey trade.
Block out dates for the flights might be from January 24, 2022 till April 30, 2022.
The suspended routes on Air Canada Vacations are to the locations of:
- Samaná, Dominican Republic
- Exuma, The Bahamas
- Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Havana, Cuba
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saint Martin/Saint Maarten
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
What If I’m Currently Traveling In One Of These Sun Destinations?
In order to verify Canadians aren’t left and not using a direct flight house as soon as the short-term suspension comes into impact, the airline might be working one-way business flights again to Canada from these locations listed above.
There have been no additional particulars on the one-way flights offered in right now’s press launch, however we advise checking the Air Canada Vacations web site to seek out your flight again house.
Refunds Will Be Given To Affected Passengers
All affected vacationers from this vacation spot suspension might be given full refunds. According to right now’s assertion, the airline’s crew might be contacting any impacted passengers. The refunds might be processed so as of the beforehand scheduled departure date, and the affected prospects might be despatched an bill as soon as the refund has been processed.
Customer refunds could take as much as six weeks to course of and might be issued within the authentic type of fee.
The airline additionally desires to remind passengers that every one present journey restrictions to enter Canada will nonetheless be in place. Always make certain to have all your legitimate journey paperwork earlier than boarding your flight.
Current Travel Restrictions For Canada
At this time, all worldwide arrivals to Canada should submit their journey plans by the ArriveCAN app.
Travelers should present proof of full vaccination and all passengers 5 years of age and older should present a damaging PCR Covid check consequence (speedy antigen checks not accepted). The check have to be taken inside 72 hours of your scheduled departure for Canada.
If you’ve examined constructive for Covid over the previous few months, then all symptom-free vacationers are allowed to indicate their constructive check as a substitute of a damaging check consequence to enter Canada. The constructive check consequence have to be from not less than 14 days to 180 days previous to journey, and on January 15, 2022, the timeline might be up to date to between 10 and 180 days.
All vacationers to Canada by way of land and air could also be chosen to take an on-arrival Covid check. You can see the total particulars on the Government of Canada web site here.
The most up-to-date journey restrictions replace was final month when Canada restored the PCR check requirement for these vacationers returning to Canada from brief journeys lower than 72 hours. That similar week, the federal government suggested Canadians to keep away from all non-essential international travel for not less than 4 weeks.
The Industry ‘Well-Prepared’ To Manage The Potential Effects Of Covid-19
Today’s information can’t assist however appear harking back to final January, when the major Canadian airlines suspended all flights to Mexico and the Caribbean for 3 months and all worldwide flights to Canada have been re-routed to solely 4 airports throughout the nation.
Acknowledging this similarity, Vice President at Air Canada Vacation, Nino Montagnese, issued the next assertion:
“At first glance, 2022 can be mistaken for its predecessor. Omicron ushered in a wave of renewed uncertainty that coincided with the holidays and impacted our industry yet again. But unlike the heavy restrictions that kicked off 2021, this setback is a molehill, not a mountain. And this year is nothing like the last. We’re stronger, wiser and well-prepared to manage the potential effects of COVID-19.”
Confusion and Controversy
This story does include some confusion, as a number of Caribbean information websites reported on January 3, 2021, that Air Canada can be suspending flights to sunny locations, together with the Caribbean and Mexico. However, the data was taken from an outdated press launch, dated January 2021.
Air Canada shortly tweeted at Loops News Caribbean on January 3, 2022, saying “Important Clarification: Air Canada is not suspending service to Mexico or the Caribbean. Your information is outdated and appears to be from a press release issued in January 2021.”
This despatched many publications into retraction mode, pulling again the story and issuing corrections all through January 4th and fifth.
In a shocking twist, Air Canada’s press launch, dated January 5, 2022, is actually now confirming the suspension, not less than for Caribbean nations, complicated information shops and prospects as soon as once more.
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