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when Can I travel in a world of COVID-19? What are the rules and how far off is a vaccine?

Can  travel right now in a world where Covid-19 is a risk; what are the rules and regulations for domestic, international travel, quarantine

I just returned from a quick break in Prince Edward County. Those of you who are from Ontario or Quebec will know it - idyllic countryside, great restaurants and art galleries, wonderful beaches, a fantastic vibe. It is arguably the best place in Ontario to get away from it all.

On the way home it was a question from my daughter Amaya that took me by surprise.

"Papa", she said (she still calls me papa), "when we get back home, do we have to self-quarantine?"

You wonder where she picks these things up sometimes. So I asked.

"The radio probably" was her reply.

(Note to self - turn the radio off more often)

Her question did make me think though. If she can ask questions like this, are there other people who are confused by all the rules and avalanche of newscasts?

As it turns out there is lots of confusion. Here are the latest rules on travel within and outside of Canada, when a vaccine may be available and what happens when you return from your travels.

Domestic travel - the rules

Domestic travel within Canada is subject to a hodgepodge of provincial rules and regulations. Some provinces have few restrictions, some recommend essential travel only, while others have their borders completely closed. A few have a mandatory quarantine period for out-of-province arrivals but these are being relaxed. This CBC article has a summary of current rules.

International travel - rules & insurance

The Government of Canada advises against all non-essential travel outside of Canada.

There is anecdotal evidence some people have decided against travel because they think they are not allowed to leave Canada. However, our government, while warning against it, is quick to assert that the decision to travel is your choice.

One of the immediate issues is that insurance companies have capitalized on our government's advice by excluding COVID-19 from medical coverage on any newly-purchased travel insurance policies. This means that if you want to travel to Iceland, because its government has lifted restrictions on international travel, you can get medical insurance. It just won't cover you for COVID-19.

With Europe planning to open its borders to international arrivals, the insurance question will be one of the sticking points for Canadians.

How close are we to a COVID-19 vaccine?