North Bay –
After 19 months of very limited activity, travel companies say northerners are now eager to travel, including to the United States.
Chris Mayne, director of Mayne Travel Services, told CTV News the pandemic has forced his business to change the way it operates.
“Last year it probably took longer to confirm the travel conditions as they change every week and change from country to country,” Mayne said.
“It’s surprising how long it took to track things, because if we give advice, we are actually legally responsible. It’s not just a passport anymore – I also need to consider all the health implications. “
With the border reopening for Canadian travelers to head south next month and the federal government rolling out a Canada-wide vaccine passport, Mayne said business was picking up.
“It’s this migration of snowbirds,” he says.
“People are starting to look at the massive sales and offers for November and early December. Which looks good for January, February March, the typical winter season.
This year it is also easier for northerners to travel to Mexico.
“This year Sunwing is flying direct from North Bay and Sudbury to Mexico, which is great,” said Mayne.
“The airlines, the tour operators, the tourism companies, are doing all they can to get people to travel again.”
In addition to showing proof of vaccination, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit reminds travelers of the health and safety protocols in place.
“Proof of a negative test, as well as vaccination, is still required for fully vaccinated individuals flying into the United States, and a negative COVID-19 test, molecular PCR test only, is still required to return to Canada in this regard. moment, ”said Dr. Jim Chirico.
Mayne added that there are still quite a few questions and concerns from her customers, but said all customers are encouraged to purchase travel insurance as travel conditions and restrictions can change quickly.