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Emergency travel during the pandemic

Emergency travel during the pandemic
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What to do when you need to travel last minute during covid-19

Although the Canadian government advises against travel during the covid-19 pandemic, it is not forbidden, and you may travel if it is essential. There will be many precautions you will have to make and depending on your destination, you may need to be vaccinated against certain diseases. However, what does that mean for emergency and last-minute travellers?

What counts as emergency travel?

Situations that would come under emergency or essential travel would be taking care of a family member or urgent business commitments. Non-essential travel includes vacations and visiting a second home.

Where am I able to travel?

Some countries have imposed restrictions on travelling in and out of the area due to the pandemic so check the government guidelines of your destination before you go. The Canadian government also has a travel advice and advisory page that has reliable information about where it is safe to travel.

What will happen when I arrive at my destination?

You may have to quarantine for a certain amount of time and will have to make arrangements for accommodation if this is the case. This will most likely be checked on arrival.

What will happen when I return to Canada?

When you return, it is mandatory that you quarantine for 14 days from the day of your arrival. Our blogpost Can I return to Canada during the covid-19 pandemic? has more details about what you should do when returning.

What if I need a vaccine?

Last-minute travel can be a problem when it comes to vaccination as some vaccines must be given in multiple doses over several weeks to be effective. It’s best to make an appointment with a travel health clinic six to eight weeks before you travel.

I need to travel sooner than six weeks from now…

If your emergency means that you have to leave in less than six weeks, its still important to make an appointment with a travel health clinic so they can advise you. You may be able to receive an accelerated schedule for certain vaccines and an advisor can tell you how to reduce the risk of illness at your destination.

Canadian Travel Clinics branches are open early and late for your convenience and our central locations mean you can get to us easily.

What can I do to protect myself from covid-19 whilst travelling?

There are a number of cautions you can take when travelling to and around your destination. Coronavirus is a virus spread by respiratory droplets from person to person, so here are a few things you can do:

  • wear a face covering when it is mandatory
  • practise good coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • avoid crowded places
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

If you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of covid-19 such as a continuous cough or a high temperature, you should not travel and instead isolate and arrange to have a test.

Where can I get travel vaccinations in Edmonton?

If you need an appointment at a travel clinic in Edmonton, turn to Canadian Travel Clinics. It is quick and easy to book online.