Flying south for the winter? These are the restrictions waiting for popular winter destinations for Canadians

An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for a landing at Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The spread of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 in Canada and around the world is not stopping Canadians from traveling this year.

All over the country hibernators are preparing to fly.

Global Affairs Canada has recommended Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside the country, but international travel is still allowed. If you’re considering flying south in the winter, here are the restrictions that await you in some of the most popular vacation spots for Canadians.


Limits: Despite the record numbers of COVID-19 cases in recent days, Florida has fully reopened. Wearing masks is still recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but there is no penalty in Florida for refusing them.

Trip: Since August last year, almost all foreign travelers to the US must be fully vaccinated. Beginning December 6, 2021, anyone flying to the US must present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or antigen test, which must be taken 24 hours in advance they board their flight. There is no testing requirement for people traveling across land or sea borders as long as they can provide proof of vaccination.

Canadians traveling to Florida should be prepared for the state’s lax COVID-19 rules


Limits: As in Florida, there are no capacity limits or physical distance requirements in California. On December 15, 2021, the state established a mask mandate for: all covered public areas and workplaces. It is expected to last until February 15.


Limits: Arizona has reopened completely. It lifted all COVID-19 restrictions on March 25, 2021.


Limits: Hawaii lifted the mask requirements on May 25, 2021. The state has since reopened completely.

Trip: Canadians flying to Hawaii can bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or if they deliver negative COVID-19 test results from Air Canada or WestJet-identified Air Canada or WestJet flights within 72 hours of departing their flights from Canada. laboratories.


Limits: Mexico uses a four-level color-coded system to determine which restrictions apply in each state. Currently, much of Mexico is open, while certain states have been designated as Code Yellow, meaning some public areas are operating at reduced capacity. More information about this can be found here.

Trip: Mexico has been open to non-essential travel since November last year. There are no testing requirements to cross country borders, although travelers are required to complete health declarations, which are scanned on arrival.


Limits: Wearing a face mask in public areas is mandatory in Cuba, including when traveling in buses, taxis and privately rented vehicles.

Trip: Vaccinated travelers flying to Cuba are not required to take COVID-19 negative tests or self-quarantine, but travelers who have not been vaccinated and over 12 years of age must show proof of this within 72 hours of entering the country. show negative tests. Those wishing to travel to Cuba must also complete the D’Viajeros Travel Information Portal within 72 hours of arriving in the country.

Costa Rica

Limits: Travelers must be able to show proof of vaccination to enter most non-essential areas, and a curfew of 12pm to 5am is currently in place. Restaurants and bars run at 75 percent of capacity.

Trip: Vaccinated travelers can visit Costa Rica without negative COVID-19 test results or quarantine on arrival. However, unvaccinated travelers must complete the HEALTH PASS forms within 72 hours of reaching the country’s border and provide proof of travel insurance that could cover the cost of a quarantine.

Dominican Republic

Limits: Travelers must be vaccinated to access most public areas outside hotels.

Trip: Vaccinated travelers are not required to present negative COVID-19 test results, but unvaccinated travelers will be asked to show proof of negative tests within three days of arrival. Regardless of vaccination status, all passengers entering and leaving Cuba are required to complete and submit digital forms through the electronic ticket portal, either before arriving or once they reach the border.

The Bahamas

Limits: The Bahamas will suspend mandatory PCR testing requirements for vaccinated travelers on Jan. 7. Non-vaccinated travelers must submit negative PCR test results within 72 hours of arrival. Regardless of whether someone has been vaccinated or not, anyone staying in the Bahamas for more than 48 hours must be able to demonstrate a negative antigen test.

Trip: Each island in the Bahamas has its own restrictions, depending on the number of cases of the virus each island has confirmed. Details can be found here.

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