Here’s what you need to know about crossing the U.S.-Canada land border next month

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Beginning in November, fully vaccinated Canadians will be allowed entry into the United States by land or ferry ports of entry.

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The land border has been closed to Canadians since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The US lifting of land border restrictions in November coincides with a new international air travel system that will also be implemented next month, which will allow fully vaccinated, foreign national air travelers into the country.


Canadians have been allowed to travel by air during the pandemic. Trade and business travel across land borders has not been restricted.

Here’s what we know about next month’s reopening of the land border. More details expected to be released on Wednesday:

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When will the US land border reopen?

The US Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin allowing fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico to enter the country for non-essential purposes by land or ferry ports of entry.

The reopening of the land border will be done in two phases.

The first, starting in November, will allow fully vaccinated travelers from Canada to enter the US at land and ferry entry points for non-urgent reasons.

Non-essential travel includes visiting friends or family, or tourism.

The second phase will start in early January 2022. The US will require all foreign national travelers entering the US for essential or non-essential reasons – for essential or non-essential reasons – to be fully vaccinated and to have proof of vaccination for COVID-19.

America was temporarily suspended travel from people physically present in mainland China, India, Iran, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or schengen area 14 days before admission. Some family members and people were allowed entry when they met special discount.

What do I need to enter the US from a land border or ferry entry point?

Travelers must provide proof of vaccination. Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be allowed To travel by land and ferry from Canada and Mexico to the United States for non-essential purposes.

Driving restrictions in the US have affected some Canadians south of the border with family or spouses. Snowbirds and people from vacation homes in the US have also been unable to drive across the border since the start of the pandemic.

Those entering the Mexico or Canadian borders will be questioned by an official of Customs and Border Protection about their vaccination status prior to crossing. Officials said the border authorities would have the discretion to send the passengers for secondary screening to check travel and vaccination documents.

What do I need to re-enter or re-enter Canada from the US?

You will need proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of arriving at the border. Or if you have COVID, show evidence of a positive COVID-19 molecular test done 14 to 180 days prior to arrival.

Rapid antigen tests (which are available to buy online or at pharmacies) are not acceptable as evidence of a negative test.

Molecular tests include polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a nucleic acid test (NAT) or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

download arivcan And enter your mandatory information within 72 hours of arrival in Canada. Have your pre-arrival test results and proof of vaccination ready to show to customs agents.

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident traveling for discretionary purposes, you will need to show your ArrivCAN receipt before you can enter Canada.

If you are a vaccinated, you must show your original vaccine documents (paper or digital copies, for each dose received) as proof of vaccination.

This is in addition to the requirements for your Arrivcan receipt.

If you do not submit your information through ArrivCan, you may be denied boarding when arriving by air, or denied entry into Canada when crossing a land or sea border.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons registered under the Indian Act and foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada under other exemptions will not be denied entry but may face additional delays for inquiries due to public health concerns or may face fine or enforcement action.

While those traveling by plane will need to show both proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test to enter the United States, no test will be required for those crossing the land border.

Which vaccines has the US approved?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that passengers will be able to fly if they have received shots of FDA-approved vaccines or WHO.

US Food and Drug Administration Accepted Three COVID-19 vaccines, and AstraZeneca was not among them. AstraZeneca is approved by the World Health Organization.

Officials have said the CDC is still discussing whether foreigners can enter Canada or Mexico with two doses of different vaccines.

What about snowbirds?

Border closures have been a pain point for many snowbirds, Canadians who winter annually in the US.

Ivan Rachkowski, a spokesman for the Canadian Snowbird Association, said they “appreciate” the news of the reopening. Rachkowski reports that more than 70 percent of Canadian snowbirds travel to the US using their Canadian vehicles.

“It’s later in the season – people usually start planning their seasonal trips in September to go in October or in November. So it’s been a while. But then, better late than ever, they In terms of allowing your Canadian vehicles to drive, because for most snowbirds, that’s the priority.”

“Once we get a date, we anticipate that travel levels will return to close to pre-pandemic norm.”

With files from The New York Times and Steve McKinley, Toronto Star
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Ivy Mack is a team editor at STAR’s breaking news desk based in Toronto. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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