We had a saying at work, ‘predictable surprises’, to describe those events we should have known were heading our way. For example, a pandemic is a predictable surprise.
This brings me to ‘predictable turmoil’. That is the phrase I am using about traveling internationally when a pandemic and variants are still raging in many places.
The good news is that Canada, as of August 9th, has opened its borders to fully vaccinated and tested U.S. citizens. We have another trip to the Olympic Peninsula in WA state planned for late August. We have our fingers crossed that we can take the Black Ball ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria for a day. We can get a little ‘Canada’ and bring back my beloved Murchie’s tea and treats from London Drug. There are no guarantees that the ferry will be running by the end of the month. We have downloaded the required Canadian travel app so we can upload our vaccine information and test results (taken within 72 hours of departure). Hopefully, we will just have logistic issues, such as getting tested in the required timeframe, to deal with.
On a side note, the U.S. isn’t reciprocating by allowing vaccinated Canadians into the U.S. I am certainly not in the ‘room where it happens’, but I can imagine that the anti-vaccine passport agenda of some governors and others is a factor. I, for one, am all for letting vaccinated Canadian travelers into the U.S. by land if they have a negative COVID 19 test. But some of the northern border state governors strongly oppose vaccine passports and have passed legislation accordingly.
That brings me to Europe. We still have our trip to Italy planned for late September but have rethought our stop in the U.K. on our way home. According to our travel agent, other travelers are making the same call. At this point the U.K requires more testing than we can manage. If we stay in the E.U., we will just need to provide proof of immunization and then be tested prior to our return to the U.S. So, we are looking at spending a few days in Paris before returning to the U.S. Our other wrinkle is that Delta has stopped their non-stop flights from Paris to Seattle but could be resuming those before our departure.
There is a lot of turmoil around our international travel. And that is predictable during a pandemic!