Travel restrictions

Business booming for CAA Sask. following the lifting of travel restrictions

It’s been almost a month since the federal government lifted its COVID-19 travel restrictions for people entering Canada, and business couldn’t be better for CAA Saskatchewan.

Terry Kazas is the general manager of travel services for CAA Saskatchewan and says they’ve been busy with travelers booking this long-awaited vacation.

“Since the travel restrictions were lifted, it’s been a revolving door here at CAA across the province with our 11 branches. There are days when we have queues, phones ring and emails chirp. It was crazy.

Since October 1, travelers no longer have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and wearing a mask on planes and trains is optional, no more random tests and no need to self-isolate for those who are not vaccinated.

Those entering the country will also no longer be required to complete the ArriveCan application, which has been causing travellers’ headaches.

Kazaz adds that he has seen a significant increase in group travel since the restrictions were lifted on October 1.

“They feel a lot more comfortable with it. We have lots of groups going on CFL trips, music, sporting events, honeymoons, aj weddings and all sorts of things. there

“People go together and around the world with friends, family, like-minded people, and as soon as people see a bit of snow, it gets really busy.”

On August 9, 2021, the Canadian border opened to fully vaccinated U.S. travelers, while fully vaccinated tourists from other countries were allowed to enter Canada beginning September 9, 2021.

Prior to August 9, 2021, the Canada-US border had been closed to foreign travelers since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which was wreaking havoc around the world.

Those who would like more information on current travel requirements in Canada can ask their travel advisor or click on the link HERE.