Hawaii seems to be full of Vancouverites and it’s not stopping.
Despite restrictions and a fear of the variants of COVID-19 looming around, it appears planes full of Canadians are still leaving for the sunny beaches of Hawaii.
In fact, 114 passengers travelled from Calgary and Vancouver to Hawaii, and arrived on Saturday February 13th via WestJet.
Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program allows travellers to roam Hawaii freely, given that they have proven they don’t have COVID-19 before boarding.
Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan have asked that no one partake in non-essential travel but it appears, that isn’t deterring many.
Pressures Government Have Applied To Hinder Travel
- On January 7, anyone coming into Canada by air has to prove a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding
- All flights to Mexico and the Caribbean were suspended on Jan. 31 until at least the end of April.
- As of next Monday (February 22) all passengers arriving by air into Canada will have to take a test upon arrival and then stay in a government-approved hotel for until they get a negative test result
- People crossing the U.S./Canada land border on non-essential business also have to provide a negative test within three days before crossing.
While it seems concerning that many are still travelling from Vancouver to Hawaii, Statistics Canada showed that numbers are actually going downwards.
The number of Canadians returning via the land border was down 91.4% last month, compared to January 2020. The number of U.S. travellers have dropped by 93.3%.
At airports that track arrivals on kiosks showed that the number of non-residents arriving dropped 94.7% compared to last year.
What’s To Come For Vancouver to Hawaii Travellers
The mandatory hotel quarantine starts on February 22nd. The hotel is government appointed and people may pay $2,000 or more for their stay while waiting for test results. These hotels are said to be within 10km of the Vancouver airport.
The government is supposed to provide more details about the hotel program this week.
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