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18 October 2021 update

The latest travel news on Covid-19

Canada's borders are officially open and the American borders are opening 8 November 2021!

Holidays can be booked now for autumn of 2021 and later, for both Canada and the United States.

Since Canada's borders opened, we have seen a ‘travel rush’ as people flock to book a much-needed holiday. In fact, some places across the country are already booked for 2022. If you book your holiday in advance, you will ensure that you’ll be staying at the most unique places and secure the best prices.

Holidays can be booked now for autumn of 2021 and later, for both Canada and the United States.
Since Canada's borders opened, we have seen a ‘travel rush’ as people flock to book a much-needed holiday.

What's happening in Canada and the United States?

Canada's borders are officially open! As of 7 September, fully vaccinated foreign nationals are welcome to enter Canada without a mandated quarantine for reasons such as tourism.

However, there are certain conditions that these travellers must meet:

  • Travellers must be fully vaccinated and show proof of the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. Accepted vaccines are those manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Jenssen.
  • Travellers must have had a valid pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border crossing, or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure to Canada. Antigen tests, or called “rapid tests” are not accepted.
  • Travellers must be asymptomatic.
  • Travellers must submit their mandatory information via Arrive CAN app or website.
  • Travellers must take a test on arrival if selected.


The United States has announced that its borders will open for international travel on 8 November 2021, with rules similar to those in Canada. Travellers will need to show proof of full vaccination prior to boarding US-bound planes. A COVID-19 test will also continue to be required within three days of departure and proof of negative results must be shown.

Your border experience during travel

Our team is in Canada right now and have shared first-hand knowledge of the border experience they faced on their journey. Here is what they have to say.

European border check-in

When you arrive for your departure flight, check-in must be done at the desk and not online. It is important to ensure you arrive with plenty of time in case the line is long. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you!

  • PCR-test showing negative results not older than 72 hours from time of flight
  • Proof of vaccination
  • ArriveCan app downloaded and filled out on your phone
  • ETA confirmation
  • Passport


For the ArriveCan app, it is very important to fill in your information in the latest version of the app. Canada seems to be updating this quite regularly. It is recommended to do it a day prior to departure.

If you have downloaded the ArriveCan app, you need to make sure to upload two separate proofs of vaccination - one for the first and one for the second vaccination - but you can upload the same document twice.

Some time after uploading, you should have the "I" noted in your app for immunised which makes the border procedure smoother. If the app still shows a "V" for vaccinated after a day, the document did not get through properly and you should upload your proof of vaccination again.

European border second check

There may be a second screening after you pass through security, although not everyone experiences this. You may be sent to a gate set up for a screening. Here they will check the following documents (again):

  • Passport
  • ArriveCan app
  • Proof of Vaccination
  • PCR-test

The Canadian border

As is normal procedure when you arrive in an international country, you have to fill out a customs declaration. In Canada, this can be done on machines in the terminal. Fill in your arrival information and respond to questions such as:

  • Are you importing dangerous goods?
  • Do you have a place to stay?
  • What is your purpose of travel
  • Have you been to a farm recently?
  • Etc


The machine will print your form that is then manually checked by a border guard. The border guard will also check your passport, and may ask some basic questions.

Our team was not asked to do random testing, but this is possible.

All in all, the procedures are quite easy and user-friendly, but it is very important to be prepared.

The United States has announced that its borders will open for international travel on 8 November 2021, with rules similar to those in Canada.
Fully vaccinated foreign nationals are welcome to enter Canada without a mandated quarantine for reasons such as tourism.

Why you need to book with a travel specialist post-covid

Plan your tailor-made trip to Canada and the United States and take advantage of our flexible booking options. If your trip is cancelled due to covid, we will rebook you free of charge or provide you with a full refund.

In this new era of travel, the best way to retain a sense of assurance when you book a holiday is to book with a travel specialist. We can advise you on all the various terms and conditions, so you are fully aware of anything that could pop up. A plan b will be arranged for you and the entire rebooking or cancellation process is handled if anything should happen.

At this stage in the pandemic, we are so well versed in the complicated booking, refund and credit process that you are guaranteed an added sense of security if an outbreak impacts your holiday. You need a specialist that knows what they’re doing.

How Little America keeps you safe

The world is entering a new era of travel, but Little America is still the specialist you’ve known and loved for the past 15 years. In fact, we’ve taken the down time during covid to perfect our processes, launch new products, and even grow our team. Cookie-cutter travel agencies may be starting from scratch, but with us - you don’t have to.

If your trip is cancelled due to covid, we will rebook you free of charge or provide you with a full refund.

Here are some other great benefits you receive when booking with Little America:

  • You’ll stay far away from mass tourism, surrounded by nature. So, no overcrowded hotel lobbies, elevators, buses, and buffet restaurants.

  • You’re not just a number to your local hosts - they will know you by name. If you need any advice on the local area, they know their home better than anyone and can answer any questions.

  • To ensure all your standards are met and maintained, we frequently visit destination countries to meet your hosts and find the best unique, small-scale accommodations. You always know exactly what you’re getting - there are no surprises at your accommodation. In fact, we are abroad right now as the Canadian borders are open!

Stay far away from mass tourism, surrounded by nature.
You’re not just a number to your local hosts - they will know you by name.

Beat the travel rush

You’ve probably caught some of the good news in the media - but things are looking up travel wise. The industry is coming back to life. You’ll be headed out on your next adventure again in no time!

Since Canada's borders opened, we have seen a ‘travel rush’ as people flock to book a much-needed holiday. In fact, some places across the country are already booked for 2022. Since most people book at least a year ahead of time, don’t be left with sold out opportunities when the time comes. Little America is ready to help you right now.

If you book your holiday in advance, you’ll enjoy the best routes, accommodations and activities for the best price. On the other hand, if you travel at the last minute, you’ll get the bottom of the barrel. Act now to make the most out of your holiday, especially as the travel industry begins to pick up again.

Where can I find more travel information?

Want to get inspired for an upcoming holiday? Join one of our live and informative online or in-person presentations.

In order to provide you with an up-to-date overview of the current situation in Canada and the United States, we constantly collect information and news from a variety of reliable sources. We will keep you informed of further news about the COVID-19 virus and what it means for travel.

Sources

Canadian government
United States government

United Kingdom government

World Health Organisation (WHO)

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