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#421 Nparker

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 05:30 AM

I think that there are a fair number of Canadians who also visit Seattle for a game or concert. That of course is still not permitted as the US has not opened its borders to us.

Even though more Canadians per capita have been fully vaccinated than Americans.  :whyme:



#422 spanky123

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 05:33 AM

Even though more Canadians per capita have been fully vaccinated than Americans.  :whyme:

 

Athough many on the Island were vaccinated with a vaccine that came from a contaminated factory and is not approved for use in the US!



#423 lanforod

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:47 AM

Athough many on the Island were vaccinated with a vaccine that came from a contaminated factory and is not approved for use in the US!

 

Ignoring your posting method that is typical media sensationalism, if the US approves vaccinated tourism, it will likely only be for vaccines the have approved (or at least emergency approved) anyways.



#424 Greg

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:54 AM

Athough many on the Island were vaccinated with a vaccine that came from a contaminated factory and is not approved for use in the US!

 

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Ignoring your posting method that is typical media sensationalism, if the US approves vaccinated tourism, it will likely only be for vaccines the have approved (or at least emergency approved) anyways.

 

I think they are likely to use the list of WHO vaccines. Keep in mind there are people from 111 countries that have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, including a large number of people in the UK.



#425 LJ

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 07:38 PM

My wife got a covishield for the first vaccine and AZ for the second shot.

 

Some countries are not recognizing the covishield as an AZ shot.


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#426 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 09:20 AM

clipper has not yet released their package (hotel) pricing.    not sure this will be a super popular option with the hurdles required:

 

 

https://www.clipperv...-ferry-service/

 

 

Following seventeen months of suspended operations due to the pandemic, FRS Clipper will once again reinstate fast ferry service between Seattle, WA and Victoria, BC starting on September 17, 2021 with bookings beginning September 6, 2021.

 

The Victoria Clipper V vessel plans to operate a four-day schedule over weekends with added sailings around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. In accordance with Transport Canada’s federal regulations, all U.S. citizens and permanent Canadian residents residing in the U.S. transiting to Canada will be required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arriving in Canada for non-essential travel. Travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination and submit their travel information via ArriveCAN (web portal or app) within 72 hours of planned arrival.

 

In addition, all travelers are required to submit a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of arriving in Canada. Fully vaccinated travelers who meet the requirements will be exempt from quarantine; however, all travelers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case it is determined at the border that they do not meet the necessary requirements.


FRS Clipper suspended all international operations in March 2020.

 

During normal peak season operations, the company typically maintains a staff of 200 year-round and seasonal employees. During the majority of the pandemic, the company reduced staffing down to eight administrative employees. In May 2021, the company was able to reinstate domestic fast ferry service between Seattle and Friday Harbor on the San Juan Clipper vessel as well as offer half and full-day whale watching tours that extend into early October. Travel by Canadian residents into the U.S. currently remains restricted in accordance with the stated September 21st continued border closure date.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 August 2021 - 09:20 AM.


#427 Nparker

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 09:22 AM

 

...all travelers must still provide a quarantine plan...

This is not going to appeal to many folks.



#428 Mike K.

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 09:23 AM

Coho has the right idea. Just wait until things chill out.

This just further feels like a political move.
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#429 spanky123

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 07:51 PM

Coho has the right idea. Just wait until things chill out.

This just further feels like a political move.

 

Well they can certainly cut off their grants now that the border is open!


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#430 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 04:53 PM

I don’t quite understand the day trip comment. do they mean casual last minute adventurers? it’s pretty hard to day trip with only one round trip.




Gudgel said the PCR test virtually rules out day-trippers, which made up about 30 per cent of the company’s business.

He said the first trip on Friday already has about 100 people booked for the 535-passenger catamaran.

https://www.timescol...ning-1.24357854

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 September 2021 - 04:54 PM.


#431 vortoozo

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:15 PM

I don’t quite understand the day trip comment. do they mean casual last minute adventurers? it’s pretty hard to day trip with only one round trip.




Gudgel said the PCR test virtually rules out day-trippers, which made up about 30 per cent of the company’s business.

He said the first trip on Friday already has about 100 people booked for the 535-passenger catamaran.

https://www.timescol...ning-1.24357854

 

The schedule traditionally has the ferry arriving around 10am, and departing between 5pm or 6pm depending on the time of year. A day trip is possible, with about 7 or 8 hours in Victoria. I'm surprised that that was 30% of their business, though.


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#432 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 September 2021 - 06:21 PM

ah. OK. they also bought that one huge ship instead of the 2-3 that used to service the route.

 



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