Thousands of travelers have flown from Canada to Hawaii in 2020

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Several Canadian politicians have come under fire for vacationing south of the border, and travel data from the state of Hawaii shows that thousands of flights have left Canada for the tropical state in the past two months.
The State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels digital platform portal displays data on all fights that entered the country during the pandemic, including departure airport, reason for visit, exemption for visiting Hawaii, accommodation on arrival and the airline.

Since November 1, 2020, 4,415 people have flown from Canada to Hawaii.

Most travelers from Canada departed from Calgary International Airport, with a total of 2,598 people departing from Alberta Airport. Of these, the majority of travelers – 2,168 people – visited Maui, while 428 visited Honolulu. The majority of travelers (2,207) say they are visiting for pleasure.

The second-highest number of Canadian travelers left Vancouver International Airport, with 1,781 travelers arriving from British Columbia’s largest airport.

About half of these travelers went to Maui (888) and the rest to Honolulu (847). The majority of travelers (1,304) say they are visiting for pleasure. After that, 187 travelers were airline crew members and 183 were “visiting friends or relatives”.

After Vancouver, 20 travelers left Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, while 16 of them left Edmonton International Airport.

Avoid non-essential travel

While there is currently no law prohibiting travel outside of Canada during the pandemic, the federal government says you should avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

In addition, provincial governments across the country have adopted their own travel advisories. Health officials, including Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Administrator, and Health Minister Adrian Dix in British Columbia, continue to encourage residents to stay in their communities and stress that this will help slow down the spread of COVID-19.

If you choose to travel despite these advisories, the Government of Canada points out that:

  • you may have difficulty obtaining essential products and services
  • you may have limited access to timely and appropriate health care
  • you may suddenly face strict movement restrictions and quarantines at designated facilities and at your own expense
  • your insurance may not cover your travel or medical expenses
  • we may have limited capacity to provide consular services to you.

Everything you need to know about Canada’s new travel requirements for COVID-19

Earlier this week, Transport Minister Marc Garneau issued an interim order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travelers entering Canada.

In a press release, the Government of Canada notes that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the airline industry as well as on travelers. As such, he adopted several measures to ensure the health and safety of Canadians and to prevent the spread of the virus and variants of the virus in the country.

As of midnight (EST) on January 7, 2021, regardless of their citizenship, all travelers aged five years or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline beforehand. to board a flight to Canada. The test should be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests – either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or isothermal loop-mediated amplification (LAMP) – and should be performed in 72 hours after the traveller’s scheduled departure for Canada.

No quarantine exemptions

Anyone who tests negative and is allowed to enter Canada must still complete the full and mandatory 14-day quarantine, unless exempted under the Quarantine Act. Travelers are reminded that continued vigilance is always necessary. In addition to completing their full quarantine period, returning travelers should watch for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and submit information electronically through ArriveCAN. If symptoms develop, even mild ones, or if a positive COVID-19 test is received once in Canada, travelers are advised to contact local public health authorities.

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