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CAA Travel Consultant Alice Martins answers your pressing questions about travel’s new normal
With 24 years in the travel business, Alice Martins has seen it all—though a global pandemic was a first. “We’ve dealt with viruses before, but never on this level,” says the CAA Travel Consultant. Working out of the Empress Store in Winnipeg, Martins now has a renewed sense of optimism—thanks to widespread vaccination efforts and new industry protocols. We asked her to field some queries about the state of travel today and what the future holds.
I’ve been fully vaccinated and had a booster. Can I travel?
Rules, recommendations and travel advisories at home and abroad are constantly changing. Be sure to check on current Canadian protocols and those at your destination before booking a trip. Most countries require proof of vaccination and/or a negative Covid test or re-testing at the destination airport. There may also be a quarantine requirement. Canadians returning home still need proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival.
I have a voucher for a vacation cancelled due to Covid. How do I rebook?
CAA can help! Talk to a CAA Travel Consultant who can review your options. Bookings are increasing and space is already limited in some destinations. Even if you didn’t book through CAA, we can re-book your vacation and help redeem your travel credits.
I’d love to take a cruise in the future. Are cruise lines accepting reservations?
Absolutely! We’ve seen a real uptick in cruise bookings for future sailings. Ocean cruising is still in demand, but there’s been a surge in European river cruise bookings. But keep in mind: Cruising will be different. Passengers may experience health screenings, questionnaires and touch-less purchases. Ships have enhanced sanitation and ventilation systems, but expect limited capacity on shore excursions.