Can you still travel during the pandemic?
Even though Bermuda was recently ranked as “very low risk for COVID-19” by the CDC, the country is not taking any chances with tourists. Visitors must present negative COVID results, from a test taken within 72 hours of your departure flight. Once you land, you’ll take another COVID test at the airport. You’ll then need to isolate in your hotel room until your test results come back, about six to eight hours. Once your results are confirmed negative, you’re free to travel around the country. But you’ll need to take additional COVID-19 tests on days 3, 7, and 14 of your stay. Appointments are accepted, and test results are given immediately.
Bermuda is the perfect spot for some much-needed rest and relaxation with its coastal views, pink sand beaches, world-class golf courses and a spa inside a cave. That’s right, you can get a massage, facial or even a mani in a subterranean limestone cavern. On the east end, you’ll find the historic town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site that features cobblestone streets and British colonial architecture. Over on the west side, the Royal Naval Dockyard has been transformed into a complex of markets, art galleries, restaurants and museums. Be sure to check out the deals and packages page for current promotions.
Mexico was one of the first destinations to open up to Canadians since the outbreak and has quickly become a popular pandemic destination. Despite the fact that there’s no requirement for a negative COVID test prior to arrival, and there’s no quarantine required, the popular tourist areas of Mexico have kept their COVID numbers relatively low. That said, masks are mandated in all public places and during travel.
Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Los Cabos sees fewer tourists compared to Cancun, which may appeal to visitors. Just about every resort here is massive, so there’s more than enough room to physical distance. Thrill-seekers can swim with whale sharks, bungee jump and go off-roading in the desert. If you enjoy art, you’ll love the weekly San José del Cabo Art Walk where galleries (some are located in homes) open up to the public. It’s similar to a neighbourhood festival, with wine tastings, live music and more, that spans the entire gallery district.
Travelling in Canada during the pandemic
Interprovincial travel, where allowed, may become more popular in Canada during the pandemic. If you’re flying, or even taking other forms transit like a bus or a train, you will be given a “health check” prior to boarding. Sure, the weather may not compare to the Caribbean, but why not explore more of your own backyard this winter?
The 2020/21 ski season in Whistler looks a bit different this year, but it’s all for your safety. Pass Holders will need to make reservations in advance so the hills don’t get overcrowded. You’ll also need to wear a mask on the lifts and while indoors (you can ski without a mask on). The community is now also mostly touchless, so don’t forget your debit and credit cards.
Another reason to head to Whistler this year is for all of the deals available at Whistler.com. You can get up to 40% off accommodations and up to up to 50% off lift tickets when bundled with your accommodations. When booking three-plus or five-plus nights, you’ll also get a $50 or $100 Winter Adventure Voucher that can be used for local activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, art and more. Speaking of activities, kids play free with paying adults. These deals need to be booked by December 1, 2020. Finally, B.C. residents can register for Whistler Rewards, where they can earn a $50 credit when they stay five-plus nights.