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January 14, 2021 | GCTG Marketing

2022

Our COVID-19 office policy, including hours of operation, is outlined on our Contact Us page. 

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Company Announcements:

  • We’re very excited to announce that we’ve been named Canada’s Leading Travel Agency 2021 by the voters in the World Travel Awards 28th annual travel awards competition! It’s truly an honour to be recognized by this association and a big “Thank You” to everyone who voted for us to receive this award.

 

 

  • Introducing Uplift! We have recently partnered with Uplift, a financing partner dedicated to the travel industry, to facilitate time payment options for our Canadian clients’ travel bookings. The plan provides for 12 equal payments spread out over a year and allows all travel and associated costs to be financed. It offers clear and simple financing plans; easy, no-obligation quotes and, once approved, the ability to make lump sum payments for any amount due, without penalty. The minimum amount allowed for financing is $500, maximum $15,000 per person. You must be at least 19 years of age, have a bank debit card or a Visa/Mastercard debit card and a mobile phone to qualify. Read our blog or Inquire for full details of this great new payment option.

COVID-19 Resources – Quick Lookup:

If you live in the Winnipeg or Edmonton area ask us for referral to a lab for testing. We have negotiated special rates for our clients who book and tell the lab they were referred by Great Canadian Travel. We can email you full details of lab locations, prices and online booking instructions.

Air Canada Travel Hub
Icelandair Covid-19 Travel Information & Entry Requirements
Sherpa Travel Restrictions
Covid-19 Toolkit – Government of Canada (Canada information)
IATA Travel CentreCoronavirus and Travel Covid Checker
Canada Provincial Travel Regulations for Canadians
Re-Open Europe & EU Map
Skyscanner
Travel Bans
World Health Organization and World Map
John Hopkins World Map
Our World in Data
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US information)
Government of Canada
US Department of State and Country Specific Information
Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) – Benefits of Using a Professional ACTA Travel Agent

(Regulations are constantly changing. These resources can assist you in determining current travel requirements but bear in mind these may not be valid by the time your travel date arrives. We will assist you with keeping up to date on the requirements for your planned trip and change your reservations as needed.)

Special offers & promotions*:

  • News from G Adventures:
    “Vaccinated Tours” program offer trips with only fully vaccinated guides to lead the tour, on which all travellers must also be fully vaccinated (final dose administered at least 14 days prior to day 1 of the tour). Due to the slower roll-out of vaccinations in some of G Adventures destinations, and to support the tour guides in those countries, they will also be introducing ‘Travel-Ready’ tours. On Travel-Ready tours, all travellers and CEOs must have either received a full COVID-19 vaccination, or have a negative PCR test within 96 hours prior to day one of their tour’s departure.
  • Intrepid Tours offer 10% off to travellers 18-29 who book at least 9 months in advance of travel. Have your eye on the trip of a lifetime? Give yourself a bit of time to “get it together”, have something to look forward to and save by taking advantage of this offer.
  • Insight Vacations has launched a new Wander Women series of journeys created for women, by women. One of the tours being offered is a 12-day itinerary, Venice & The Croatian Coast, with two departures, June and September, 2022. These women only tours will offer enriching travel experiences, cater to the diverse interests of female clients and introduce guests to inspiring women in communities across Croatia. Email us to receive information on the itinerary and pricing.
  • Windstar Cruises 7 for 7 specials are limited-time savings on popular cruises sailing in 2022 and 2023. These deals on the best in small ship cruising only last for 7 days or until staterooms and suites sell out. So don’t delay, call us for the weekly itineraries, dates and pricing details.

*All sales and promotions posted on this page are subject to the Terms and Conditions of the operator and may be changed or withdrawn at any time, without prior notice. 

Please note: 2022 and 2023 programs featured on our website are subject to change without notice due to COVID-19 restrictions and depend on the availability of the components of each tour. At the time of your inquiry we will advise you what changes may affect the trip you are looking into and recalculate the price according to the available inclusions. Local COVID-19 restrictions and regulations may change at any time, without advance notice. We cannot be held responsible for such changes, but we will do our utmost to rework your program to give you the best possible experience based on current conditions.


2022 News
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  • Big Bend National Park, Texasancient petroglyphs thought to be between 4,000-8,500 years old were defaced by visitors who scratched their names and the date of 12-26-21 into the rock, which is positioned in the Indian Head area. The names Isaac & Ariel and Norma & Adrian are clearly visible, scratched overtop of ancient abstract images of geometric forms, circles, and undulating lines. The damage is irreversible. At least 50 cases of vandalism have been recorded at the park since 2005, permanently damaging priceless Indigenous art.
  • All vaccinated travellers who plan to visit the European Union and Schengen Area countries from February 1 at the latest will need to check whether their vaccination is valid for travel to these countries, based on the dates their vaccines were administered. By February 1, all the EU and Schengen countries are set to put an expiry date of nine months at most for all COVID-19 vaccination certificates, the validity of which can be extended as soon as travellers have their booster shots administered. Some countries have already put the requirement into place; some have different requirements for different vaccine types; some have put in place different deadlines for a booster requirement eg. Greece requires a booster after seven months, regardless of what vaccines you received; Latvia requires a booster for one-shot vaccines after five months, but is allowing nine months for double-dose vaccines.
  • Passengers who filmed themselves partying maskless aboard a chartered Sunwing Airlines flight from Montreal to Mexico last week have become pariahs and now face being stranded after two more airlines announced Wednesday they will not fly them home to Canada. Air Transat and Air Canada have both refused to fly the group back to Canada. Guess the multiple cases of Covid-19 amongst the partiers doesn’t help their cause?!
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that pre-departure travel Covid-19 tests to enter England from overseas will be scrapped from 04:00 on Friday, 07 January 2022. The prime minister also added the requirement to self-isolate on arrival in England until receiving a negative PCR test result will also be lifted. Instead people can take a lateral flow test on day two and, if it is positive, a further PCR test will be needed to identify any new variants, plus isolation as normal.
  • Hong Kong will ban flights from eight countries for two weeks from January 8-20 2022m as it seeks to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Flights from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan and the Philippines are impacted by the move.
  • The number of flight cancellations around the world is up, primarily due to airline staff being impacted by the Omicron variant. The Globe and Mail reports that more than 4,000 flights were cancelled globally on 02 January 2022, mostly in the U.S. Meanwhile, Canadian airlines have also seen their share of flight cancellations. Between 22-26 December 2021, Flair Airlines cancelled 9% of its scheduled flights, WestJet cancelled 7% and Air Canada 4%. This is up from the 1-2% average of cancelled flight in early December. Despite contingency planning and recalling employees from layoff and furlough, airlines are finding themselves unable to operate planned schedules due to the impact of the Omicron impact. Most have made the difficult decision to consolidate flights, thus reducing their schedules.
  • In light of the current pandemic context, Air Canada will be suspending some flights to Sun destinations from January 24 until April 30, 2022. Suspended destinations include Antigua, Aruba, Samaná, Curaçao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
  • Israel has announced that it will reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from “medium-risk” countries, including Canada, as of 09JAN. Foreign travellers from 199 “orange” countries can enter Israel if they can provide proof of full vaccination or have recently recovered from COVID-19. At the same time the announcement was made, Canada, as well as South Africa, Nigeria, Spain, Portugal, and France, would be upgraded from the “red” designation to “orange.” Previously, Israel had banned travel from Canada on 22 December, 2021. Read the full story here.
  • Canadian Airlines Seize New Opportunity Amid Global Supply Chain Delays: With COVID-19 upending supply chains around the world, and grounding passenger jets which carried about half of the world’s air cargo, Canada’s airlines have increased their focus on converting some of their fleets to cargo carriers. One of Air Canada’s Boeing 767s last flew passengers home to Toronto from Mexico City on 01APR 2020, and twenty months later, is taking to the skies after being converted to carry cargo instead. WestJet hopes to receive its first two all-freight Boeing 737-800s by APR 2022, with two more to follow. All of them will be former passenger jets converted to carry cargo. The two airlines are adding air freighters to their fleets in efforts to profit from the rise in air freight demand, while seat sales remain well below pre-pandemic levels, reports the Globe and Mail. Read the full story here.
  • Just as Canadians look to escape the winter for warmer locales, the Omicron variant threatens to undermine the potential recovery for Canadian airlines’ leisure travel business. According to Bloomberg, Canada’s air traffic recovery had already been lagging behind the U.S. before the variant emerged, with traffic at Canadian airport security checkpoints at just 53 per cent of 2019 levels in the first 19 days of Dec. 2021. Now, the outlook is even more uncertain as Omicron forces flight cancellations around the world, as well as new restrictions in some countries. Read the full story here.