This summer, many Canadians can choose to explore their own country due to closed borders and concerns about contracting COVID-19 when traveling abroad.
“People will be closer to home, get out in the car because of them [have] control. This is their bubble, “said Allison Wallace, spokeswoman for the Flight Center travel agency.
But before hitting the road or ordering a flight, it is important to first check the provincial regulations that you want to visit.
At present, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the region prohibit visitors from other provinces.
Provinces across Canada advise against making important trips, but their borders are still open to Canadian travelers.
However, visitors to Manitoba and Nova Scotia must first isolate themselves for 14 days – a rule that tends to keep many people away.
Stay close to the safest bet at home
Provinces can reduce – or tighten – their travel rules this summer, depending on their COVID-19 number, so it’s also important to stay up-to-date on the destination you want.
“Everyone navigates this differently based on the situation they have locally, so we can see some provinces moving at different speeds from others,” said Elliott Silverstein at CAA Insurance. CAA – Canadian Automotive Association – provides travel and car services.
And if current restrictions and advice remain, your safest bet this summer might be to stay close to home.
“If this obstacle – if not removed – it will effectively make people … travel within your own province,” Silverstein said.
The current travel rules for each province are listed below. Note that Canada entering any province from another country must seclude yourself for 14 days after arrival.
N.B., N.L. and P.E.I.
In New Brunswick and P.E.I., peace officers stationed at land border crossings are authorized to evict tourists if they try to enter.
“That is contrary to the nature of islanders not to welcome visitors to the province, but that is what is needed right now,” said P.E.I. Government spokesman Vickie Tse in an email.
However, the island is set to make exceptions for some out-of-town residents: Canadians with seasonal properties on P.E.I. can request entry by submit application on June 1. Those who get approval will be allowed to drive through New Brunswick to get to P.E.I.
New Brunswick works too let the cottage owners from other provinces around this summer.
Provinces that close their borders with fellow Canadians have raised concerns from both lawyer and several travelers.
Kim Taylor from Halifax was destroyed when Newfoundland and Labrador refused his request earlier this month to attend his mother’s funeral in the province. He was allowed 11 days later – after speaking in public about his case.
Last week, Taylor and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launching a court challenge against Newfoundland and Labrador, accusing the border ban of being unconstitutional.
The Newfoundland and Labrador governments told CBC News that they could not comment on the case in court.
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Residents in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and P.E.I. can visit other parts of Canada, but must isolate themselves for 14 days after they return – high prices to pay for holidays outside the province.
Residents can also pay high prices if they break the rules. A New Brunswick doctor recently traveled to Quebec for personal reasons, did not isolate himself when he returned and eventually infected at least eight other New Brunswickers with COVID-19. He has been since has been suspended from practicing in the province.
Men. and N.S.
Anyone who visits Manitoba or Nova Scotia – or returns from a trip to another province – must be exiled for 14 days. Travelers who drive through Manitoba are asked to stop only if necessary to access important services.
Manitoba too no travel is not important to the northern and remote areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
Alta., B.C., Ont., Que. and Sask.
Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan do not prohibit travelers from other provinces or require them to be isolated for 14 days. However, they all advised not to travel at this time.
Do not cross the border. We love our Quebec neighbors, but just wait until all of this is finished.– Ontario Premier Doug Ford
“Don’t cross the border. We love our Quebec neighbors, but just wait until this is over,” Ontario’s Prime Minister, Doug Ford stated earlier this month when asked about Quebec who visited Ontario.
If you decide to visit Alberta, BC or Saskatchewan, Do not plan to set up a tent in a camp run by the province; Until further notice, their campsites will only be available to residents in their provinces.
Quebec and Saskatchewan also restricted non-essential trips to certain remote northern regions of their province as a precautionary measure during the pandemic.
Anyone who is entering Saskatchewan from another part of Canada is advised to do so self monitor their health for 14 days and to isolate themselves at the first sign of COVID-19 symptoms.
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