2020 and beyond - the new travel style
Updated: Jul 6, 2020
Travel is back and you can do it safely. Here we are providing a summary and useful links. These highlight the change in practices and the additional care being taken to ensure you are safe when you decide to start travelling again!
Generally airports and airplanes are not places for social distancing. Times have changed. Read below for comprehensive information on how airlines and airports are keeping you safe when travelling.
From the time you check-in to the time you disembark one of their aircraft, Air Canada has implemented new procedures. Everything from temperature checks, to providing you with Customer Care Kits that include a complimentary mask, gloves, bottled water, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes onboard. You can be sure the aircraft is throughly sanitized before you get on and each night.
On their website they have provided some great infographics to identify at each step of your journey, how they are working to protect you with their CleanCare+ program.
With Safety Above All being a tagline of Westjet too have implemented enhanced cleaning measures to ensure you are safe when you are ready to travel again. This includes temperature checks, asking health related questions, ensuring distancing is observed at boarding and onboard. They provide a series of videos that share what you can expect on your next flight with Westjet.
Should you need to fly a little further, Lufthansa wants you to have peace of mind knowing that measures have been put in place to protect your safety. Along with wearing face masks and constantly sanitizing, cabins are being cleaned and the airline is avoiding using buses to assist in boarding of aircraft.
Airline lounges are not currently available and there is a change in the services being provided onboard. When packing bring your own blanket and headset and look forward to more space. Due to capacity levels, Lufthansa is allocating seats as far apart as possible.
Who is ready for some sunshine and sandy beaches? Transat starts flying on July 23rd! If you need a sunny break, Transat has you covered. They have implemented a new health and safety program from before you board, while onboard and while being transferred to your luxury hotel!
Their website provides helpful infographics for every step of your journey so demonstrate what measures have been implemented.
Greece is now welcoming international visitors! Therefore if you are looking to go a little further and want to be confident your safety is being taken considered here are Aegean Airlines new procedures.
All passengers are required to wear a face mask during flight
A single cabin bag is allowed onboard
Physical newspapers will not be provided onboard, however access in available through Aegean's online streaming service
Disembarkation will be by row and therefore may be a bit slower.
⚠️ It should be noted, upon arrival in Greece from Canada, you will be subject to a COVID-19 test and are required to isolate for 24hrs while test results are determined.
Click here to read more on "Flying with Enhanced Care" with more airline updates including Delta, United, Iceland Air
Vancouver Airport (YVR)
Should you be travelling through Vancouver Airport (YVR) you are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering.
For those arriving into YVR from an international destination you can expect to be asked about your health. You will also be required to submit a self-isolation plan.
Let's face it, flying is not our only concern. We want to make sure that while we are in destination our health and safety is a top priority. The hotel companies are enhancing procedures and implementing new initiatives to ensure you sleep like a baby and relax like a lizard!
AMResorts have started opening up and you will see a larger increase in the number of available resorts starting July 1st. Although having high cleaning standards as represented by certification of Cristal International Standards, the company has implemented enhanced protocols to keep you healthy while travelling. Where possible procedures such as check-in and check-out have become contact less, there are hygiene stations set up with sanitizer available. Expect more space as loungers have been distanced as has seating at restaurants. Don't forget you can always enjoy dine-in service on your private balcony....You can be assured your health and safety is a priority at AMResorts properties.
Club Med teams up with Cristal International Standards for a safer vacation experience.
Click here to read more on what ClubMed has implemented with their advance health and safety protocols.
Hilton Hotels + Resorts, Four Seasons and more
Click here to read more on what other industry leading hotels like Hilton and Four Seasons are doing to enhance their health and safety protocols.
Whenever you see the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) logo displayed, you know that the resorts, companies and governments related to your travel have instituted the highest in health and hygiene standards and you may rest easy and enjoy your “Safe Travels” experience.