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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

At the US-Canada border, Canada is dropping restrictions on some essential tourists

US-Canada border

Key Takeaways:

  • The federal government has confirmed that some travelers and workers will be allowed to temporarily bypass Canada’s travel restrictions if they are visiting the United States for medical reasons.
  • The CBSA reiterated that non-essential travel is not exempt from the exceptions.

The Canada Border Services Agency announced on Sunday, November 21, that “travelers and essential workers who must travel to or through the USA for essential reasons food, fuel, supply chains are free from testing and quarantine requirements.”

It means eligible Canadians will be permitted to travel to the U.S. and return home without showing a COVID-19 test or quarantining, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.

This will specifically apply to residents in and around B.C. border communities who need gas and other necessities.

It comes in the wake of severe flooding in the region, which has devastated entire communities and forced others to evacuate. Gas and grocery shortages have also resulted as a result of the conditions.

In response to Twitter questions, the federal agency defined essential travel as “all travel for non-discretionary and non-optional purposes, including but not limited to food, fuel, and supply chains.” On Sunday, Bill Blair, Minister of Emergency Preparedness, confirmed that the exemptions will not apply to people traveling for “family trips, vacations, or other types of tourist activity.”

Currently, fully vaccinated travelers crossing the border into the United States are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Only those returning to Canada face restrictions, as a negative molecular test, such as a PCR test, is required.

The federal government announced an update to Canada’s travel rules last week. Those taking a 72-hour international trip or less will be exempt from the pre-entry COVID-19 test on November 30, provided they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Source: Narcity News

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