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Europe travel may 2021

how easy will it be to travel to europe from canada this May 2021? Any suggestions for certain countries? Thanks

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When in May?

Greece and Spain have said they want to open up mid May to tourism, but at present, the Spanish/Portuguese land border is closed, due to Covid.

I was due to go to France 12 May via Eurotunnel, but this will have to be postponed as we aren’t allowed to travel abroad until 17 May. France is way behind with their vaccination programme, so unless things change rapidly, we wouldn’t want to go there if most things are still closed or severely restricted.

Are you happy going somewhere where there are still many restrictions, curfews, closed restaurants and museums? If so, more countries maybe available to you, but if you want more like the old normal Europe, then the list will be shorter. Expect mask wearing and social distancing to remain in place.

It’s too early to say what will be open and be prepared for changes whilst you are there at short notice. May is very early and be prepared for nothing to be permitted. Can you travel September when travel maybe more likely?

Posted by
1668 posts

Don't forget that even if it does open open, getting back into Canada is ridiculously restrictive and expensive with 14 day quarantine and mandatory hotel lockdown at your expense.

Posted by
192 posts

If you've received the vaccine 10+ days ago, Romania might let you in right now. No idea how Canada restrictions and regulations will treat you upon your return home.

Posted by
12127 posts

Don't forget that even if it does open open, getting back into Canada
is ridiculously restrictive and expensive with 14 day quarantine and
mandatory hotel lockdown at your expense.

So if you are a Canadian citizen with a home in Canada you have to book a hotel for two weeks to quarantine in? Wow!!! That is crazy!!!

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@james
no that isnt correct

for any Canadian returning to Canada through 1 of the 4 airports allowing international flights , they must quarantine for 3 days in specific hotels on their dime (around 2k) then they quarantine at home for the other 11 days
Canadians can fly into the states then cross a land border to avoid the mandatory 3 day hotel quarantine

Posted by
12127 posts

Okay, I looked it up. Could be $2000.00 or as little as $600 for 3 nights depending on the hotel. Could be 3 nights, or less if the test report arrives sooner. We get the test reports here in hours now, don't know why Canada would be different .... but .....

Posted by
2770 posts

James, you've almost got it. The $2000/ 3 nights is the upper estimate, true. And it may not take 3 full days for the PCR results to come back. That depends on current local case loads. But you WILL pay for the whole 3 nights even if you are permitted to leave early. After all, this is a deterrent effort, as much as it's a public health one. And if that PCR test is positive? You won't be quarantining at home, but at a govt approved facility.

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12127 posts

But apparently you can land in the US, drive across, and avoid the fuss? Or move to Florida and go to the movies?

Posted by
4432 posts

The U.K. has a similar quarantine system when arriving from red zone countries such as Portugal or UAE. It’s 10 days in a hotel at a cost of £1,750 pp (about 3,000 Canadian dollars each) and if you test positive, this will be extended for a further 10 days at your cost. Some are paying this, so it hasn’t deterred everybody, but it should deter most.

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12127 posts

But Jennifer, can you land in the US and drive across the border to avoid it???

hmmmm didnt think so....

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2770 posts

But apparently you can land in the US, drive across, and avoid the
fuss? Or move to Florida and go to the movies?

If you drive across the border, you can skip the 3 day hotel quarantine. But first you have to have a negative PCR test within the previous 72 hrs, have registered for your at home required tests, registered your quarantine plans and contact information, and at the border picked up your test kits. Some land borders will have the facilities to administer the first test for you. Then you quarantine at home for 14 days (and are checked for compliance) and on day 10 do another test, using the home test kit. You are not allowed out of quarantine until the test results are negative or 14 days- whichever is later.

Or you could fly to Florida until the borders open up.