By Melissa Thomas
This past Monday the United States opened their borders to Canadians and for the first time in nearly two years, Canadian travellers can visit the US for non-essential travel. Here is a quick snapshot for those who are planning a trip across the border.
After months of eagerly waiting, fully vaccinated Canadians can visit our neighbours to the south. Before you cross you will need to ensure that you have been fully vaccinated with an FDA approved vaccine. The US authorities have stated that those who have mixed vaccines can also cross the border. Travellers may be asked to provide proof so those looking to cross over will have to make sure they bring their evidence of vaccination whether it be through a provincial app or a certificate provided by their local health authority. In addition to the new land border rules, as of Nov. 8, the U.S. will also require those coming into the country via air to be fully vaccinated, along with a negative COVID-19 test for those two years of age and older. The US Border patrol released a statement Sunday evening forewarning travellers of the potential of longer than normal wait times. To mitigate wait times the US Border Patrol will be staffing as per pre-pandemic levels. As well, the Canadian government offers a snapshot of border crossing wait times (link below).
Despite the US deciding against the need of a negative-Covid test for entry at a land border, the Canadian side will still require a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Canadians looking to return to Canada will have to provide a negative test that was taken within the last 72-hours, failing to do so can result in a fine up to $5,000 CAD. Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Some pharmacies are providing state-sponsored Covid-19 tests that are discounted or even free at some locations. Children who are under 12 years old and are not eligible for a vaccine will have to quarantine for 14-days even if they provide a negative PCR. Before crossing the border the Federal government requires all returning Canadians to download the ArriveCAN app or online portal and upload their vaccine certification and test results, click the link below to download the ArriveCAN app now.
Don’t forget to plan ahead and stop by your local branch to get your US funds before you travel. We’re excited to see everyone coming back to visit us for their currency we hope you enjoy your travels and stay safe!