Right here’s how 10 solar locations are dealing with Canada’s PCR check rule
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
TORONTO — When the federal authorities introduced on Dec. 30 its new COVID-19 testing requirement for all arriving passengers, international locations all over the world have been left scrambling to accommodate Canadians in vacation spot who instantly wanted a PCR check three days earlier than returning dwelling.
Some international locations have been already properly outfitted to deal with the surge in testing, whereas others – already stretched skinny by way of sources and provides – required extra time to adequately check Canadians along with their very own residents.
Travelweek checked in with prime Solar locations to see how they’re dealing with the brand new testing rule and whether or not they’re outfitted to accommodate Canadians travelling overseas. Right here’s what they needed to say:
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Native testing services are situated at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, which is centrally situated within the capital of St. John’s. Appointments are required (walk-ins not permitted). The Centre advises that travellers ought to name or e-mail at the least seven days previous to their departure date to make an appointment for his or her check.
Chatting with Travelweek, Colin C. James, CEO on the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, says that the island vacation spot is able to accommodate a surge in testing.
“The Ministry of Well being has suggested that Antigua and Barbuda is ready to fulfill growing calls for for RT-PCR testing as a pre-requisite for Canadians returning dwelling,” he says.
Canadians already in Antigua & Barbuda can name Mount St. John’s Medical Centre at (268) 484-2700 or e-mail email@example.com to rearrange for an appointment. For extra data go to https://www.fb.com/MSJMC.
Paul Strachan, Sr. Director, Canada on the Bahamas Vacationer Workplace, says that Canadians who’re at the moment visiting the island will have the ability to organize their COVID-19 check at varied government-approved laboratories and testing services. A full record could be discovered right here.
When requested whether or not the Bahamas is ready to accommodate elevated testing, Strachan says “sure, notably in Nassau on New Windfall the place the very best proportion of Canadians go to.”
Bermuda’s foremost PCR testing facility is situated on the Perot Publish Workplace within the metropolis of Hamilton. Canadians can discover extra details about testing and testing services at https://www.gotobermuda.com/.
Based on Glenn Jones, Interim CEO on the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Bermuda is taken into account one of many world’s best-performing international locations on COVID-19 testing per capita, ranked as excessive as fourth globally on Worldometer.com.
“We absolutely anticipate the federal government right here to shortly adapt to the brand new pre-arrival testing protocols Canada has put in place,” he tells Travelweek. “Even earlier than that answer is finalized, travellers can e book a non-public check with an accepted medical practitioner to obtain their unfavourable COVID-19 end result throughout the required 72 hours turnaround time. We now have these on-island testing sources listed on our web site.”
Although Cayman Islands’ borders stay closed to industrial leisure journey, the island remains to be welcoming those that are accepted to journey equivalent to everlasting residents, householders, work allow holders and their households, and accepted International Citizen Concierge Program candidates and their households.
Native testing within the Cayman Islands at the moment takes place on the internationally-accredited forensic lab on the Well being Companies Authority (HSA), in partnership with the HSA scientific lab and at Medical doctors Hospital. Testing for COVID-19 is at the moment free.
COVID-19 screening is out there to all members of the general public, together with accepted travellers equivalent to individuals who’re a part of the island’s International Citizen Concierge Program. All assessments could be organized through the Well being Companies Authority appointment web site: https://hsa.ky/Appointment/. Appointments should be made at the least two days upfront for COVID-19 testing required for journey by sure international locations, together with Canada. All individuals being examined should be pre-registered because the clinic doesn’t settle for walk-ins. Outcomes of PCR assessments are emailed inside 24 hours of every administered check. The clinic at the moment affords testing Monday-Friday.
“The Cayman Islands is ready to accommodate heightened testing and has maintained extraordinarily low charges of COVID-19 an infection because the starting of the pandemic,” mentioned Cayman Islands Authorities Officers. “Cayman affords first-rate medical services and we’re properly outfitted to deal with COVID-19 testing for guests and residents. Our testing capability can be scaled to handle elevated capability as required when industrial journey to the islands resume.”
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The comfort of being examined at a lodge or resort will definitely be a beautiful possibility for Canadians when contemplating journey presently.
Cuba has introduced PCR testing at taking part inns in Varadero, Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria and Holguin at a price of US$30.
Company can be suggested upon arrival at their lodge, in the course of the welcome briefing, about on-site testing and the right way to organize an appointment with lodge docs. These staying in non-public houses can get examined in any respect worldwide clinics in Cuba, that are situated all through the nation.
Cosette Garcia, Director on the Dominican Republic Tourism Promotion Workplace in Montreal, tells Travelweek that the Dominican Republic has a “strong healthcare system that has been capable of shortly detect circumstances of COVID-19 in the complete nation.” Along with COVID-19 antibody assessments, the D.R. has a spread of testing services the place assessments could be ordered at any of their nationwide branches in addition to at-home service.
“The D.R. is extraordinarily properly outfitted in the case of COVID testing,” says Garcia. “We’re capable of accommodate testing and assist facilitate this new requirement for our Canadian guests.”
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Ria Murray, Communications Officer on the Grenada Tourism Authority, tells Travelweek that the Ministry of Well being is presently engaged on growing testing capability to fulfill the anticipated demand. PCR testing services in Grenada are situated within the parish of St. George wherein the tourism belt can be situated. Other than the federal government testing facility, there are two Ministry of Well being designated non-public clinics.
For personal sector choices, Canadians can name to e book an appointment on the centres to have their assessments executed. To get examined by the Ministry of Well being, the lodging at which guests are staying will make contact on their behalf to have the check performed.
For extra data go to https://covid19.gov.gd/ or name 1473 438 4787 (daytime) or 1473 538 4787 (night).
There are NAAT (nucleic acid amplification check) and PCR testing services in each county in Hawaii, together with Kauai, Oahu, Maui Nui and the Island of Hawaii. All services supply a fast response time since counties are additionally asking for a similar 72-hour interval that the state is requesting when getting into through a trans-Pacific flight and flying inter-county (except Kauai, which has opted out of Hawaii’s pre-arrival testing program, and Oahu on inter-island flights).
“There are a number of choices that the Division of Well being has accepted as trusted companions and every one has a distinct course of so we suggest to examine the completely different choices and select probably the most handy for every case,” says Lorenzo Campos, Account Director at Hawaii Tourism Canada. “A number of the counties in Hawaii are requesting the NAAT/PCR check when getting into so there’s a massive capability for testing throughout the state.”
Campos notes that guests are beneficial to e book a testing appointment upfront with whichever lab they’ve chosen.
For extra data go to https://hawaiicovid19.com/journey/.
Jamaica had been experiencing a scarcity of COVID-19 PCR assessments, prompting the Canadian authorities to exempt travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson from the island till Jan. 18, on the situation they comply with take a COVID-19 check instantly upon their arrival at Pearson.
Since then, Jamaica has introduced COVID-19 testing for Canadians in vacation spot with numerous non-public labs, in addition to testing at choose resorts in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril, which is predicted to roll out this week. A whole record of accredited testing labs is out there right here. Microlabs has constructed a Canadian Customer Testing Portal at https://microlabs.restricted/canada-visitor-portal for travellers who want to be examined at their lodge or resort.
Talking with Travelweek, Angella Bennett, Regional Director-Canada for the Jamaica Vacationer Board (JTB) says that because the up to date entry necessities have been introduced in late December, JTB representatives have been in fixed communication with airways and native well being authorities to make preparations for the a whole bunch of Canadian vacationers at the moment on the island.
“To make clear, Jamaica has not run out of assessments,” she says. “The preliminary inflow of check requests from vacationers in Jamaica did trigger a backlog at native non-public laboratories, which is why the Canadian authorities has agreed to delay the pre-flight COVID check requirement for Canadian travellers till after Jan. 18. The Jamaican authorities continues to work with well being officers on the island to extend COVID-19 PCR testing for guests and to make the method extra accessible and streamlined.”
Bennett provides that PCR testing in Jamaica is being prioritized primarily based on departure dates “as a way to guarantee all Canadians can acquire their required check outcomes previous to their departure.” She additionally encourages journey brokers to hitch the JTB Agent Fb group the place they’ll be taught of the most recent updates and ask questions relating to particular shopper circumstances.
QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
The state of Quintana Roo, which incorporates 11 of Mexico’s prime locations equivalent to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, has a large community of hospitals and scientific evaluation laboratories that carry out PCR diagnostic assessments. The method, prices and end result supply occasions range relying on the power.
Dario Flota Ocampo, director of the Quintana Roo Tourism Board, tells Travelweek that the state has the capability to carry out the assessments, “nonetheless, travellers needs to be aware that outcomes may not be out there instantly.” Due to this fact, it’s necessary to schedule a check properly upfront.
“We suggest that each one vacationers obtain the Visitor Help App (from the Ministry of Tourism), which supplies help to vacationers visiting the state of Quintana Roo,” he says, including that it’s free to obtain, is out there for iOS and Android and has a 24/7 name centre and a selected part with data relating to COVID-19. “Due to all of the protocols which were carried out throughout the Mexican Caribbean’s locations, vacationers can really feel protected and assisted when travelling.”
For vacationers who can’t board their return flight attributable to not having carried out a check, the Ministry suggests they keep at any of the inns situated in downtown Cancun for ease of transportation to and from the airport and the medical labs as a way to carry out the requested assessments. Those that have a optimistic PCR check end result must adjust to obligatory isolation.