New Covid Tests and rules to Travel

**To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian government has announced that as of January 7, 2021,

air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test

before boarding international flights bound for Canada.

The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test

and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.

We have a list of locations in the various destinations of where this can be done.  Some resorts are offering Covid tests

right at the resort for a fee. Some resorts will offer a lab to come to do the testing.

**Albertans arriving in Calgary on a direct non stop flight from the destination will have the opportunity to take a Rapid covid

test at the  Calgary airport which will require only a two day quarantine if the result is negative. 

All passengers will also require the 72 hour pre negative Covid test from the destination.

**USA – just announced that the United States will as of January 26, require a negative COVID-19 tests in the

mandated 3-day window pre-arrival to fly into the US including US citizens.

** Cuba also has further simplified the process for Canadian visitors entering the country,

You need only your passport, tourist card and COVID-19 insurance
(which is included in the holiday package in most cases,
or you can buy it locally upon arrival for 30.00 USD).
The PCR test will be done upon arrival at the airport in Cuba.
At the times when the travel industry is overwhelmed by the new COVID-19 entry requirements to Canada,
Cuba makes easy for Canadians to get tested right at their hotels in the main destinations:
Varadero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Holguin.
The test cost is 30.00 USD payable only by credit card or Debit /Visa (no cash).
**Jamaica has announced COVID-19 testing for Canadians in destination with a number of private labs, as well as testing at select resorts in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril, which is expected to roll out this week. A complete list of accredited testing labs is available here. Microlabs has built a Canadian Visitor Testing Portal at for travellers who wish to be tested at their hotel or resort.
**Quintaroo, Mexico
The state of Quintana Roo, which includes 11 of Mexico’s top destinations such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, has a wide network of hospitals and clinical analysis laboratories that perform PCR diagnostic tests. The process, costs and result delivery times vary depending on the facility.
Some resorts are offering tests onsite such as:  Barcelo resorts, Desire resorts, Palladium resorts, Grand Velas, Hotel Xcaret, Marina El Cid, Majestic Elegance Costa Mujeres,
Planet Hollywood resorts, Sandos resorts, TRS resorts, Ventus at Marina El Cid.
**Riviera Nayarit
In Puerto Vallarta resorts that offer onsite tests:
Buenaventura Grand, Grand Palladium, Grand Velas, Villa Premiere, Friendly Vallarta, and Occidental Nuevo. Some Riu Hotels can arrange for the lab to come onsite.
**Los Cabos
Resorts that offer onsite tests:
Mar del Cabo, Barcelo Gran Faro, Hacienda Encantada Resort, Marina Fiesta, and Tesoro Los Cabos 
**Huatulco, Mexico
Barcelo Huatulco offers onsite testing.
Barcelo Ixtapa offers onsite testing.
**Liberia, Costa Rica
Resorts that offer onsite testing:
Occidental Papgayo and Occidental Tamarindo
**Punta Cana, D.R. 
Resorts that offer onsite testing:
Palladium resorts, Hard Rock Hotel, and TRS resorts