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Vaccination required for Canada travel. #265104
10/06/2021 02:55 PM
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You will have to be fully vacinated to travel by air or rail in Canada starting Oct 30.
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Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: SXMScubaman] #265116
10/06/2021 03:41 PM
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music to my ears! 😀

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: SXMScubaman] #265139
10/06/2021 06:19 PM
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Yes, good news IMO. it makes us feel that much safer for our WestJet flight on January 13th.

Last edited by CanuckTravlr; 10/06/2021 10:31 PM.
Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: SXMScubaman] #265151
10/06/2021 08:06 PM
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We were okay for our Daughter's Wedding trip September 20th to the 27th.

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: Kennys] #265155
10/06/2021 08:28 PM
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Doesn't start till later.

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: SXMScubaman] #265164
10/06/2021 09:43 PM
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CanuckTravl, my husband and I are on the same flight as you for January 13. I keep hoping the flight is booked enough that it actually goes and that we don’t end up having to pit stop anywhere else because they’re combining flights. I think I might end up with an ulcer with overthinking everything. 🙄

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: CanadianCutie] #265166
10/06/2021 10:15 PM
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Wouldn’t it be better to track recent antibody scores, rather than whether you got a shot. It was recently published thAt 30% of immunocompromised folks did not develop any antibodies after the first round. False security.

Plus, we now know immunity wanes over time. I heard that your immunity can go up/down daily based on other factors like other sickness, even sleep.

https://aditxt.com/aditxt-adds-neutralizing-antibody-measurement-to-covid-19-immune-test/

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: CanadianCutie] #265167
10/06/2021 11:05 PM
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@CanadianCutie Interesting coincidence. Let's keep our fingers crossed! We are looking forward to the new Premium Class layout, now that all WestJet's aircraft have been reconfigured while most of them were sitting idle due to the pandemic.

Travel is more difficult in almost every aspect these days, but I keep telling myself it's too early to start worrying yet. We'll see what happens with the November and December flights. That will be the first test and indicator of demand.

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: PelicanPirate] #265168
10/06/2021 11:30 PM
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@PelicanPirate, your post is mostly irrelevant to this thread.

Scubaman's post was a matter of factual information, not an invitation to turn this into yet another Covid discussion. The Government of Canada has mandated that all travellers 12 and over must be fully-vaccinated to fly, take the train, or a cruise ship, as of October 30th. That is the reality that everyone has to be aware of if they are travelling in Canada, or to or from Canada (e.g. to or from SXM).

Over 80% of all eligible Canadians age 12 and over are already fully vaccinated, and almost 90% have had at least one dose. The government is doing its part to incentivize those not already vaccinated to do so and ensuring they don't unnecessarily endanger the rest of us. We will also need a Covid test within 72 hours to both enter SXM and to reenter Canada. That combination of requirements helps minimize the risk of transmission. I support that initiative.

Last edited by CanuckTravlr; 10/06/2021 11:34 PM.
Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: CanuckTravlr] #265169
10/07/2021 04:27 AM
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Ive already scheduled my monthly booster shot and antigen test so I can keep my papers fresh for travel to Canada.

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: CanuckTravlr] #265171
10/07/2021 05:23 AM
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Do you know you only need an antigen test to enter St Martin? Within 48 hours rather than 72, but $40 rather than $150-$200!
George

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: George1234] #265196
10/07/2021 09:32 AM
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Yes, thanks George. I'm aware of that. My comment was designed to be general, rather than technical. When I referred to a Covid test within 72 hours, it was intended to include both a PCR test within 72 hours and an antigen test within 48 hours. However, an antigen test is not sufficient for return to Canada.

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: PelicanPirate] #265200
10/07/2021 09:44 AM
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@PP

I'm starting to think you don't know what you are talking about. "Monthly" booster shot??? Are you nuts? I'm not aware of booster shots being recommended by any country any more often than 6 to 8 months. This is another silly example of when more isn't better.

Most Canadians only received their second dose after March 2021. Canada has just started to roll out booster doses for the most vulnerable (the very elderly or immunocompromised). My wife and I are both seniors and received our second doses (Pfizer) in mid-June. So we will likely be eligible for a booster either just before or just after our trip to SXM. Either way, I'm not concerned.

You should also be aware if you are serious about coming to Canada, that the Canadian regulations currently don't care how many booster shots you may have had. They only want to know if you are fully-vaccinated. Also, an antigen test is not sufficient to enter Canada. Let's keep things accurate, please.

Re: Vaccination required for Canada travel. [Re: CanuckTravlr] #265264
10/07/2021 07:29 PM
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I wondered as much also. Some clarification would be appreciated.


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