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What’s on trend: Quarantine stays and on-site testing at hotels

No one could have predicted just a year ago that quarantine stays would be trending in 2021.
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“Sentiment has shifted”: More challenges for start of 2021

The month of January normally brings list upon list of new travel styles and must-see destinations, as the industry looks forward to another profitable year.
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Here’s how 10 sun destinations are handling Canada’s PCR test rule

When the federal government announced on Dec. 30 its new COVID-19 testing requirement for all arriving passengers, countries around the world were left scrambling to accommodate Canadians in destination who suddenly needed a PCR test three days before returning home.
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All air passengers entering U.S. must have pre-arrival negative COVID test starting Jan. 26

In-destination PCR testing will no doubt ramp up exponentially now that one of the biggest travel markets in the world - the U.S. - is following the lead of other countries including Canada in mandating pre-arrival negative COVID-19 tests for air passengers.
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On-site PCR testing at Jamaica resorts in the works, says JTB

The government of Jamaica has approved a number of private labs to conduct COVID-19 testing for Canadian travellers in destination, plus on-site testing at select resorts in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril is in the works, says the JTB.
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Sunwing has more details about PCR testing in destination

Sunwing reps are available in destination to offer on-the-ground support and provide passengers with information on new testing requirements, says the tour operator.
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Will insurance companies cover the cost of PCR tests?

The travel industry is still reeling from the news that all travellers must now show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to boarding their flight to Canada, a new requirement announced by the federal government in the last days of December, with only a week’s notice.
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“It’s been a nightmare”: Agents react to PCR test rule now in effect

Once again travel agents are dealing with the confusing fallout of a last-minute announcement from the federal government that has left clients scrambling in-destination.
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PCR testing now at select Cuba resorts, says Gomez

In response to the Canadian government’s new PCR testing requirement, Cuba has announced new PCR testing capabilities at resorts in several top travel destinations.
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PCR test rule confusion yet another burden for agents, says ACTA

TORONTO — ACTA is calling on the federal government to reconsider the mandatory pre-arrival PCR test requirement now in effect, one that does not remove or reduce the 14-day quarantine. “A far better solution for Canadians and the industry would be to test on arrival,” says ACTA President Wendy Paradis. The new PCR test rule, […]
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