Our commitment to safer travel
Rest and relaxation should be your only focus while on vacation. That’s why, to make your safety our only priority, we’re introducing new health and safety standards. The following preventive measures ensure that you stay safe while on your way to your hotel or resort in Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America.
Welcome at the airport
Right when you arrive at your destination, we want to offer a warm welcome that puts your safety first. This includes mandatory face coverings for the on-site representatives greeting you and the application of social distancing measures.
|Your Air Canada Vacations representative greets you, wearing a face covering with other optional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) items available such as gloves.|
|Our representative verifies your booking information to confirm your identity, destination, and which transfer you should board.|
|For your safety, you are assigned a boarding group in order to stagger the boarding process and respect social distancing measures.|
Before each transfer and after each overnight, the vehicle and all its high-touch areas are cleaned and sanitized with alcohol-based disinfectant products. Mandatory face coverings for all employees and travellers provide protection and safety for all.
|For your safety, all travellers are required to wear face coverings before boarding the vehicle.|
|For the safety of everyone, travellers are also required to handle their own luggage. If you need assistance, all our representatives will be wearing face coverings and other PPE items (gloves) in order to help you.|
|Complimentary hand sanitizer will be available before boarding and travellers will be required to sanitize their hands before entering the vehicle.|
Aboard the vehicle, we’re blocking seats between passengers to make sure social distancing is maintained throughout the journey to the hotel or resort.
|The vehicle’s windows are thoroughly sanitized with an alcohol-based disinfectant to let you admire the landscape.|
|For improved safety, transfer vehicles will only travel at half-capacity to allow for empty seats between passengers, except those travelling together.|
|All seats, including armrests, seat belts and seat belt buckles on the vehicle are sanitized with an alcohol-based disinfectant so you can relax on your journey.|
|The overhead storage compartments are also sanitized to make sure your bags stay clean.|
|Before departure, our representative will share important information regarding your upcoming stay, giving travellers the option to skip the briefing usually given at their hotel or resort.|
|The drivers of each transfer vehicle are required to wear PPE items, including face coverings and gloves.|
Arrival at the hotel or resort
Once you have arrived at your destination, our representatives will continue to prioritize your safety by wearing face coverings and other PPE items when handling your luggage.
|Wearing face coverings and gloves, our representative will handle all luggage and place them somewhere secure in front of the hotel or resort, where travellers can safely pick them up while maintaining a safe social distance.|
|If travellers require assistance during their stay, they will be able to contact our representatives by phone or mobile messaging apps. Contact information will be provided during the on-board briefing.|
Frequently Asked Questions
As an extension of Air Canada CleanCare+, Air Canada Vacations’ program for new health and safety standards includes enhanced preventative measures to keep you safe throughout the many steps of your vacation to Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, and provides you with greater peace of mind.
To learn more about Air Canada CleanCare+ and the protocols they’ve put in place for your safety during check-in, boarding and on board the flight, please click here.
Air Canada Vacations is 100% compliant with all Transport Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada health and safety directives, including self-isolation. Air Canada Vacations partners, including ground handlers, are compliant with the directives outlined by their local health authorities. Any employee or Air Canada Vacations representative who feels ill or experiences any COVID-19 symptoms must stay home and seek medical advice.
Air Canada Vacations employees and representatives at destination who will be working with the public will be subject to a temperature check before the beginning of their shift. Temperature checks are an additional layer of safety screening as fever is a common COVID-19 symptom.
Employees who, after further verification, are deemed unwell will be asked to self-quarantine.
We also require all customer-facing employees and representatives to use Personal Protective Equipment such as face guards, masks and gloves. All employees also have access to hand sanitizer.
After travellers make their way through airport security and recuperate their baggage, to reduce personal interactions, customers will be met by an Air Canada Vacations destination representative who will guide them to the Air Canada Vacations bus boarding station.
Travellers will be assigned an embarkation zone for their transfer to the hotel and will be required to insert their own luggage in the bus cabin. An Air Canada Vacations representative will be available to support customers requiring assistance.
Before boarding, travellers will be required to use complimentary hand sanitizer provided. Once on the bus, travellers will not be required to sit immediately adjacent to one another, unless they are travelling with a child under the age of 14 or attending to the needs of a customer requiring assistance. This policy will remain in effect until June 30, 2020.
As an additional layer of protection for everyone on board the bus, all travellers and employees are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.
To ensure safe social distancing practices are being maintained, a short hotel briefing will be provided during the bus ride. Customer luggage will also be removed from the bus cabin by an Air Canada Vacations representative wearing gloves.
For the safety and well-being of our customers and employees, we require all travellers to wear cloth coverings or masks over their mouth and nose while on the bus transfer.
Travellers must bring their own face coverings and the coverings do not need to be medical masks—any face covering including a scarf or similar item is acceptable.
While on board, travellers are required to wear their face covering at all times, except to eat and drink or, in case of an emergency.
This requirement applies to all travellers except for children under the age of 6 or customers who have a medical condition preventing them from wearing such a covering. This exemption will need to be verified and approved by Air Canada in advance through a medical certificate or Air Canada Fitness to Fly form. Click here for more details on how to submit.
Customers who are exempt from wearing a mask must provide printed documentation before boarding the bus.
With the onset of COVID-19, we expanded our existing grooming procedures on bus transfers to include the use of alcohol-based disinfectant to clean high-touch areas including seats, armrests, windows, seat belts and seat belt buckles between each transfer. Other areas of the bus, including side walls, will be wiped down with the disinfectant each time the bus is parked for the night.
Air Canada Vacations will continue to work with its hotel partners to ensure they are implementing the highest standards of health and safety. For more details on the safety protocols of resorts or hotels, please visit the hotel’s website directly.
Hotel partners must ensure they are abiding by the highest standards of health and safety. In some cases, certain activities, pools or restaurants may be temporarily unavailable.
Detailed descriptions about available amenities, faculties and services can be found on the hotel's page on our website. You may also visit the hotel's website directly to learn more about the detailed safety protocols they are putting in place during this time.
Customers who are looking to participate in certain activities which require shared equipment (e.g.: snorkelling) should consider bringing their own equipment.
As with all communicable disease protocols, if an Air Canada Vacations customer tests positive for the virus during their stay or after having travelled, Air Canada Vacations is notified by the appropriate health authority or hotel medical staff. Depending on the transmission profile of the disease, we are given strict protocol as to who is required for contact tracing.
The health authorities take responsibility for contacting passengers directly and advising them of the situation. Due to privacy laws, the names cannot be disclosed to anyone other than the public health authority.
Travel restrictions and mandatory safety protocols may be in place at certain destinations, on flights, and at airports, hotels and on cruise ships. The availability of services and facilities may be impacted. As well, you may be required to pay for a local insurance fee per person upon registration or entry into a country. Learn how to get informed and be prepared before your trip.
Travellers should also be aware of the biosafety measures implemented by Air Canada through their Air Canada CleanCare+ program as well as the onboard service enhancements implemented before and during their flights.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian government has announced that as of January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test before boarding international flights bound for Canada.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s schedule departure to Canada. The types of accepted tests are the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP).
The negative laboratory test result presented by travellers before boarding must include:
- Traveller name and date of birth
- Name and civic address of the facility that administered the test
- The date on which the test was conducted
- The method of test conducted (PCR or RT-LAMP)
- The test result
To help make your return home as smooth as possible, please refer to our list of facilities at destination offering the required tests as a guide before you go.
As the directives are rapidly changing, please be sure to review the information regarding re-entry requirements by visiting the Government of Canada website.
Yes, insurance is still available for purchase through various insurance providers. Travel insurance is always recommended when travelling. However, in response to COVID-19, insurance providers have, and may continue to make, changes to their policy and coverage plans. We strongly urge you to review your insurance provider’s policy, benefits, and terms and conditions before purchase.
New! The COVID-19 Coverage & Assistance Plan administered by Allianz Global Assistance.
Your vacation package now includes the COVID-19 Coverage & Assistance Plan administered by Allianz Global Assistance at no additional cost, as Air Canada Vacations will cover the cost of coverage.This Plan is designed to cover emergency medical and quarantine expenses if COVID-19 is contracted while travelling. It does not replace travel medical insurance for other medical emergencies.
The new COVID-19 Coverage administered by Allianz Global Assistance is available for eligible travellers who book a vacation package to select destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, on or after August 31st for travel between September 4, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Visit the COVID-19 Coverage administered by Allianz Global Assistance page for full details.
As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, the COVID-19 Coverage & Assistance Plan and its offerings may change for new bookings, including but not limited to adding new destinations, removing destinations or adjusting COVID-19 Plan benefits.