10 Travel Tips Ontarians Should Consider Before Flying This Summer

“Airports are experiencing delays with varying degrees of impact, and Ontarians need to be prepared.”

Through consultation with its leading travel agents, CAA SCO has identified ten key considerations that potential travelers may not be aware of. Anyone considering travel in today’s environment should remember that travel requirements and regulations are continually changing.

Expect itinerary changes. CAA SCO travel agents say our members are experiencing changes to flight schedules. Sign up for the airline’s text message service to get immediate notification of any changes, and book connecting flights with more time between them than you normally would if it were available. A travel agent is also a valuable resource if this happens.

Consider packing a carry-on instead of checking luggage. Potential baggage delays mean your baggage may not arrive with you or may take longer to be unloaded from the aircraft. If you’re bringing a carry-on bag, make sure it meets the size requirements of all the airlines you fly on and tour operators. When using a carry-on for travel, you still need to follow the 3-1-1 rule: three ounces of liquid, gel, spray, cream, or paste that will fit in a quart-size resealable bag. If you’re checking baggage, make sure your carry-on bag has your hygiene essentials, any medications, and a change of clothes.

Expect longer wait times at the airport. The old standby of being at the airport one hour before takeoff for domestic flights and two hours before for international flights no longer applies. CAA currently recommends arriving at the airport a minimum of two hours before departure for domestic flights and at least three hours for international flights.

Make sure all your documentation is in order before booking. Your passport should still be valid six months after your travel date, as it is required in several countries. Passports themselves take longer than usual to renew, so you should do this several months before you travel. Each destination has different documentation requirements, so make sure you fully understand what information you need to have ready and in what format.

Buy travel insurance and understand what is covered. make sure you have $5 million in the coverage of emergency medical situations and that the illness related to COVID-19 is included. Understand your rights for situations like denied boarding in the event of a positive test, trip cancellation or delays, what baggage is covered and what isn’t.

Rental cars must be reserved months in advance. High demand, as well as a shortage of vehicles, means a shortage of rental cars. Some rental agencies, particularly on the east and west coasts, do not allow vehicles to be rented in one city and dropped off in another. A travel agent can help you navigate this.

COVID-19 remains an important consideration. Please confirm the COVID-19 situation in the destination before booking. Understand the level of risk associated with traveling to a particular destination by checking the Government of Canada travel advice and advisories website. Individual travel advisories are maintained country by country. It is important for Ontarians to understand the ongoing uncertainty associated with international travel, whether it is related to ongoing community transmission of COVID-19 or the state of health care systems in destinations most affected by the pandemic.. Canadians returning home must have all required documentation uploaded on the ArriveCAN application either website.

Stay connected. It’s important to have access to reliable, up-to-date information while traveling so you can monitor changing conditions and requirements and adapt accordingly. mark the Global Affairs Canada website before departure and check it regularly while abroad. It’s also a good idea to sign up for Registration of Canadians abroad and keep in touch with a family member or friend who knows about your travel plans. Find this and more information at http://www.caasco.com/travel.

Please confirm the flexibility of changes and cancellations with your travel service provider. Many airlines and hotels have provided more flexibility when it comes to refunds and changes to reservations. Make sure you understand the key dates related to cancellation and changes and whether you are entitled to a refund or a future travel credit or coupon at the time of booking.

Be patient, be kind. Around the world, airlines are grappling with staff shortages and backups in baggage handling. Please note that airport staff are here to assist you and things may take longer than usual.

About CAA South Central Ontario

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and secure. CAA South Central Ontario is part of the CAA Club Group of Companies and is one of eight automobile clubs worldwide. Canadaproviding roadside assistance, travel, insurance services and member savings for more than 2.2 million members.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For more information: Nadia Matos, Manager, External Communications, C: (416) 523-0663, E: [email protected]; Victoria Marchisello, Communications Specialist, C: (416) 550-1979, E: [email protected]

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