International Travel for Canadians

by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 01:48 (68 days ago)

It has been reported that international travel for Canadians will not likely resume until December of 2021 or early 2022......:-(
Let's hope it is sooner! Much sooner!

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by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 03:54 (68 days ago) @ islandgirl

Actually Air Canada has announced a few days ago they were looking at a restart of international flights in December 2020

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by el vagabundo @, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 11:17 (68 days ago) @ cd69

West jet selling tickets Calgary Zihua starting Oct 31st and Air Canada Vanc to Mex City stating Nov 04. Lots can change though

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by Ironwood @, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 12:56 (68 days ago) @ el vagabundo

West jet selling tickets Calgary Zihua starting Oct 31st and Air Canada Vanc to Mex City stating Nov 04. Lots can change though

Are there any new wrinkles re cancellations? In normal times, one can cancel a booking within 24 hours, at no charge. Beyond that, all you've got is the relatively expensive cancellation insurance. Unless they've modified the boilerplate text of cancellation policies to account for pandemic-caused cancellations, by the airline or by governments, of all cross-border flights, I'm guessing you'll be out of luck if fear of infection (rather than your own illness) was your reason for cancelling.
Last "season", we booked our December flights right about now, in early May. This time around, unless the airlines make it clear that cancellations for virus-related reasons - with full refunds, not coupon vouchers - will be accepted right up until flight time, I think we'll sit on the sidelines for a few months.

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Monday, May 11, 2020, 15:02 (64 days ago) @ Ironwood

We were supposed to go to Patzcuaro middle April for a month. We were flying Volaris into Morelia. Their posted COVID policy is If, within a certain timeframe, you wanted to reschedule you could do so with no fee but pay the fare difference. If they cancelled, they refunded the fare. We couldn’t go because our hotel reservation was cancelled per Mexican directive. And it really all seemed the wrong time.

Volaris had not cancelled our flight as of our departure date and we couldn’t reschedule because flights for next April-May were not posted. Volaris’ website didn’t have a mechanism to cancel (and there was no getting through by phone), so we were “no-shows”. And I figured we’d lost our money.

Much to my surprise, I got an email from Volaris saying because they had cancelled the return flight from Morelia, we were eligible for a refund. We could take the refund in cash. But if we chose to take it as a voucher, they would give us the value of the fare plus 25% toward rebooking. We took the voucher since we plan to rebook.

Just my experience with Volaris. I think a lot depends on the airline.

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by elkshead, Colockum WA. 98828, Saturday, May 09, 2020, 18:24 (66 days ago) @ el vagabundo

I hope to get to Zihuatanejo in January B-)

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Saturday, May 09, 2020, 18:58 (65 days ago) @ elkshead

Relax. The world hasn't ended. You'll be joining us here in January!!!

Positive thinking rules.

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 10:42 (68 days ago) @ islandgirl

Spoke to a WestJet pilot yesterday. Without a vaccine he feels there will be no International travel.
We wont travel without a vaccine and I hope Mexico wont anyone travel there before a vaccine is in action.
I sure hope we keep the 49th closed until then.

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by el vagabundo @, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 11:09 (68 days ago) @ Mexalberta

West jet selling tickets Calgary to Zih starting Oct 31st. Anything can change of course!

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by Mexalberta @, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 11:16 (68 days ago) @ el vagabundo

Bought them for Jan until mid march.
Apprehensive for sure.

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by el vagabundo @, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 11:50 (68 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Holding off for a bit but happy to see them available.

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by Ironwood @, Saturday, May 09, 2020, 21:50 (65 days ago) @ Mexalberta

We wont travel without a vaccine and I hope Mexico wont anyone travel there before a vaccine is in action.

Bought them for Jan until mid march.
Apprehensive for sure.

So....you're betting there'll be a vaccine before January? If not, you're out of luck re a refund, right?

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, May 10, 2020, 10:20 (65 days ago) @ Ironwood

I hope there will be a vaccine. Oxford sounds the most promising at the moment.
The unknown cases in Mexico is also a deciding factor when it comes to travel. Less than 1000 tests for a population of 20 million in Mexico City is scary.
I don't think our government would allow travel across any borders without a vaccine.
I will just put the flight in my WESTJET bank if needed.

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by Ottawa Joe, Sunday, May 10, 2020, 17:08 (65 days ago) @ Mexalberta

Mexico, Europe, SE Asia IMO all international routes will be locked down until they find a vaccine unless its pilot only locked in the cabin and self serve in the back.The ultimate no frills airline. AC has lost a billion so far bleeding 22 million a day, hopefully they will still be around come next Snowbird season.

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by Mexalberta @, Sunday, May 10, 2020, 18:54 (64 days ago) @ Ottawa Joe

they had enough money to split there shares and buy Transat for 720 million
We only fly WESTJET and hope for their survival.
They have never had a bailout.

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by Ottawa Joe, Monday, May 11, 2020, 09:58 (64 days ago) @ Mexalberta

We fly on who ever has the best package for our needs at the time. (Price, convenience, layover times, locations etc.) US airlines can be used to fly through the States to get to Mexico or other places as well although I try to avoid that if possible but dont rule them out if it suits our itinerary. BTW Westjet took an insurance company bailout from the government otherwise they would not have been able to extend their international foot print.

May we all be jetting off to our chosen places soon!!

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by victorio, Monday, May 11, 2020, 00:15 (64 days ago) @ Ottawa Joe
edited by victorio, Monday, May 11, 2020, 00:30

Hola. There are other airlines that still travel from Zihua to Canada. AirCanada is our last choice. We like Aeromexico because of their service (no charge for baggage, no charge for pets, no charge for food or booze). They are still flying from Mexico to Canada and vise versa. We have had five flights cancelled from Zihua to Canada since April. That is only because we are reluctant to take a bus to Mexico City. Aeromexico has never stopped flying to Canada from Mexico City. We have another one booked for June 2. It is still routed through Mexico City, but we don't care. We fly to Mexico City from Zihua ( yes the airport is not closed ), have a three or four hour layover, and fly directly to Vancouver BC. Wish us luck. Remember, Canada has other airline service other than WestJet or AirCanada.

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by Mexalberta @, Monday, May 11, 2020, 10:00 (64 days ago) @ victorio

Hola. There are other airlines that still travel from Zihua to Canada. AirCanada is our last choice. We like Aeromexico because of their service (no charge for baggage, no charge for pets, no charge for food or booze). They are still flying from Mexico to Canada and vise versa. We have had five flights cancelled from Zihua to Canada since April. That is only because we are reluctant to take a bus to Mexico City. Aeromexico has never stopped flying to Canada from Mexico City. We have another one booked for June 2. It is still routed through Mexico City, but we don't care. We fly to Mexico City from Zihua ( yes the airport is not closed ), have a three or four hour layover, and fly directly to Vancouver BC. Wish us luck. Remember, Canada has other airline service other than WestJet or AirCanada.

I guess you could use Transat or Sunwing as other airlines that fly direct.
Aeromexico does not fly direct from Canada to beach destinations.


I trust you will have your quarantine plan in writing when you arrive in Canada. Grocery plan, airport to home, prescriptions etc.
If you don't you will be sent to a quarantine centre for 14 days.

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by victorio, Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:49 (64 days ago) @ Mexalberta
edited by victorio, Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:59

Hola. I am aware that AeroMexico doesn't fly directly to Zihua. We have been taking it to get from Canada to Mexico for years. We put up with having to go through Mexico City because we like the airline.
We have a draft of our quarantine plan filled out on-line. All we need to do is fill in the flight details and send it in. We already have a friend who is stocking our Canada home with non-perishable items ( you know, booze and cannabis, etc. ). We will get him to stock the perishables when we are more certain of our arrival date.

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by Susan G @, Zihua/La Ropa, Monday, May 11, 2020, 15:40 (64 days ago) @ victorio

Most important are the non-perishable items you mentioned and need to have during the cuarentena. So sad what is happening to all of us -- we want you & Charlotte to travel safely so you'll be ready to return to Z. Who knows when that may be.

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by Charlybby, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 21:24 (55 days ago) @ Susan G

Gracias Susan!! We are still loving our time here & keeping very busy at La Kalle, bagging up groceries & giving to the needy. The need just keeps growing but thankful for our friends here & back in Canada & USA for their donations! It is heartbreaking but at the same time, very heartwarming!! We are all working 6 days a week, but it's all good :) :-D :brilliant:

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by noelofthenorth, Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:43 (64 days ago) @ victorio

If you have the right credit card you can go to the lounge in Mexico City Large screen snacks bar etc etc Even at 25$ it is worth it on a long layover instead of sitting on plastic chairs for four hours.. Good luck.. Bon Voyage...

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by Ironwood @, Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:58 (64 days ago) @ victorio

Hola. There are other airlines that still travel from Zihua to Canada. AirCanada is our last choice. We like Aeromexico because of their service (no charge for baggage, no charge for pets, no charge for food or booze). They are still flying from Mexico to Canada and vise versa. We have had five flights cancelled from Zihua to Canada since April. That is only because we are reluctant to take a bus to Mexico City. Aeromexico has never stopped flying to Canada from Mexico City. We have another one booked for June 2. It is still routed through Mexico City, but we don't care. We fly to Mexico City from Zihua ( yes the airport is not closed ), have a three or four hour layover, and fly directly to Vancouver BC. Wish us luck. Remember, Canada has other airline service other than WestJet or AirCanada.

There's Alaska too, but that means stopping in LA......
We agree re Aeromexico (I don't recall free food) but we vowed never again to take their red-eye flights both ways between Vancouver and Mexico City. Too old for that kind of punishment, for only minimal savings.
(WestJet is affiliated with Aeromexico. Our flights between Kelowna and Vancouver were "Aeromexico flights", on WestJet aircraft.)

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by victorio, Monday, May 11, 2020, 12:26 (64 days ago) @ Ironwood

Hola. Yes you are correct about WestJet affiliated with AeroMexico. Forgot to mention that. On our way south from Canada we book directly with AeroMexico. On the way north we booked with WestJet because we thought we would have a shorter layover in Calgary than we would have at Mexico City on our way to Vancouver. WestJet rerouted us with AeroMexico because they were not flying the Mexico Canada route.

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by Altona Stu @, Altona, Manitoba, Monday, May 11, 2020, 13:03 (64 days ago) @ Ironwood

Hola. There are other airlines that still travel from Zihua to Canada. AirCanada is our last choice. We like Aeromexico because of their service (no charge for baggage, no charge for pets, no charge for food or booze). They are still flying from Mexico to Canada and vise versa. We have had five flights cancelled from Zihua to Canada since April. That is only because we are reluctant to take a bus to Mexico City. Aeromexico has never stopped flying to Canada from Mexico City. We have another one booked for June 2. It is still routed through Mexico City, but we don't care. We fly to Mexico City from Zihua ( yes the airport is not closed ), have a three or four hour layover, and fly directly to Vancouver BC. Wish us luck. Remember, Canada has other airline service other than WestJet or AirCanada.


There's Alaska too, but that means stopping in LA......
We agree re Aeromexico (I don't recall free food) but we vowed never again to take their red-eye flights both ways between Vancouver and Mexico City. Too old for that kind of punishment, for only minimal savings.
(WestJet is affiliated with Aeromexico. Our flights between Kelowna and Vancouver were "Aeromexico flights", on WestJet aircraft.)

We missed our connection in Calgary on the way to Zihua (their fault) and they booked us on the red-eye. It was educational: we learned we are too old for red-eyes.

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Monday, May 11, 2020, 13:55 (64 days ago) @ Ironwood

The last time I needed to fly from the island to Kamloops, Westjet wanted to fly me to Calgary, then back to Kamloops. I flew direct with Air Canada instead.

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by victorio, Monday, May 11, 2020, 14:05 (64 days ago) @ islandgirl

Hola. We don't fly Westjet often, but they have been good to us so far

Even though they rerouted us with Aeromexico, they honored our original low price and didn't charge us any more.