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Canada Is Trying To Close A Flight Refund Loophole Blown Wide Open By COVID-19

Canadians could get an extra $50 million from airlines if the changes pass!

The Government of Canada is looking into changing the law to close a COVID-19 loophole regarding flight refunds in Canada.

According to a new government report, the proposed amendments to airplane laws would require carriers to refund or rebook flights "within a reasonable time" if their flights have been delayed for a lengthy period of time or cancelled due to outside forces.

In the report, Canada explains the pandemic revealed a "gap" in refund policies. Previously, Canadians weren't entitled to refunds for flights that were delayed or cancelled due to "situations outside the carrier's control," such as travel restrictions changing.

If a flight is cancelled or delayed by more than three hours (due to outside forces), the proposed amendments would require airlines to rebook a flight within 48 hours. If they can't do that, they must either provide a refund or rebook passengers on the next available flight, whether on their own flight or another airline's flight.

The proposed changes would benefit Canadians to the tune of $46.67 million over the next decade.

"The moves put Canada more in line with the EU system for flight delays, which specifies clearly what defines an extraordinary circumstance, what defines a flight delay, in terms of hours, and clearly labels how a passenger must be refunded and or compensated," Gilbert Ott, the founder of GodSaveThePoints.com, told Narcity via email.

"This is an important step for Canada, which actually serves to help travel, not hurt it," Ott said. "People will be more likely to book if they know they'll have timely access to refunds and recourse."

Hong Kong Bans Air Canada Flights From Vancouver But Is Allowing Toronto Pearson Routes In

Passengers affected by the two-week ban have been rebooked and offered travel options.

A two-week ban on Air Canada passenger flights from Vancouver to Hong Kong has come into effect.

According to a press release, Flight AC007 had a passenger who tested positive for COVID-19 on October 13, while another traveller failed to follow the Hong Kong local health rules by not providing health information.

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The Feds Are Urging Canadians To Avoid Travelling Abroad Right Now & Here’s Why

Officials say nobody should travel "unless it's absolutely necessary."👇

The federal government has a message for all Canadians who are considering travelling outside of the country this fall — don't.

During an interview on The West Block on Sunday, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu warned prospective travellers that non-essential travel advisories remain in place across the country, despite some travel restrictions lifting for tourists visiting Canada.

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Vaccine Passports For International Travel Could Still Be 'Months' Away For Canadians

Officials are reportedly aiming for a fall timeline, though.👇✈️

It could be a while before international vaccine passports are ready to be used across Canada, according to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

In an interview on CTV's Question Period, the federal minister confirmed that although a singular proof-of-vaccination system for international travel is on the cards, it may be winter before it becomes readily available to Canadian travellers.

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Canada Has New Vaccine Rules For Domestic Travel & Here's Everything You Need To Know

Negative COVID-19 test results will not be accepted as an alternative after November 30.👇✈️

The Government of Canada has laid out its plan to implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for domestic travel in Canada, which will impact anybody hoping to board a train or plane this winter.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, federal officials announced that domestic travellers aged 12 and up must be fully vaccinated in order to catch a flight or use VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer services.

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