July 25, 2021


Travel-Lickin' Good

Caribbean Motels Urging Canada to Reconsider New Tests Plan

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Affiliation says it is urging the federal government of Canada to reconsider its new tests policies for return travel to the region.

The rule, which took result Jan. 7, demands all citizens and travelers entering Canada from the Caribbean to give proof of a damaging PCR test just before their planned departure to Canada. 

The transfer “will pressure presently stressed Caribbean community overall health programs and induce additional damage to the region’s economy,” the CHTA stated in a statement. 

“This policy is making problems and locations even better financial hardship on the men and women and governments of the Caribbean and on the countless numbers of Canadians currently in the Caribbean who are scheduled to return dwelling in the coming weeks,” explained CHTA’s Performing CEO and Director Standard Vanessa Ledesma.

The firm explained that the “mere announcement” of the policy experienced resulted in a “rash of cancellations” by Canadians who had been scheduled to vacation to the location. 

“As the policy usually takes result, we foresee numerous stranded Canadians staying not able to return home thanks to their inability to get assessments in the demanded time,” Ledesma claimed.

The organization stated it by natural means regarded that the policy was meant to mitigate the spread of the virus in Canada. 

“Our motivation to the well being and safety of inhabitants and travelers is most effective shown by the COVID-19 protocols and containment measures which are in location all over the Caribbean, and the hundreds of tourism employees who have undergone well being safety education executed by CHTA and its health and fitness safety partners, the Caribbean Community Health and fitness Company (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Corporation,” she stated. 

“On behalf of the Caribbean Resort and Tourism Affiliation and the 33 Countrywide Resort and Tourism Associations all through the location, which are section of our Federation, we respectfully request reconsideration of this policy for the Caribbean,” CHTA said in an formal submission to Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and shared with Canadian High Commissions and Consulates across the area.