Travel Restrictions Are Changing At The Canada-US Border & Here’s Everything You Should Know

As of Monday, April 25, travel restrictions at the Canada-US border will change, with updates impacting those crossing via land, sea or air.

Over the past week or so, both Canada and the United States have made announcements related to their border restrictions that could affect your trip.

Before you book a plane ticket, fuel your car or prepare to get on a boat, here’s the latest when it comes to traveling to the US and returning home.

Oh — and don’t forget your mask, as the Canadian government is not scrapping its mask mandate for federally-operated forms of travel, including on planes and in airports.

Traveling via land

If you’re planning to drive across the Canada-US border, you’ll need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a CDC-approved series of vaccines.

On April 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that the temporary vaccine requirements for non-American travelers would be extended.

It means Canadians traveling to the United States via land and ferry ports of entry must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the country.

This applies to all non-exempt travelers who are visiting, regardless of their reason for travel.

Fully vaccinated travelers driving into the United States from Canada are not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. similarly, fully vaxxed Canadians are not required to take a test upon their return to Canada.

This means fully vaxxed people are able to cross the land border without having to take a test of any kind.

Those considered to be partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will not be permitted to enter the US, unless they are exempt from requirements.

If you’re traveling in your own car, you won’t be required to wear a face covering on either side of the border, or while crossing, either .

However, if you’re traveling via taxi or similar, you may be asked to wear a mask.

Traveling via air

To fly into the United States, those who are not US citizens or US immigrants must be considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

It means that in order to both board a plane in Canada and meet pre-entry requirements in the US, you must be fully vaxxed.

There are only limited exceptions.

Before being permitted entry into the States, passengers must provide a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19, too.

In the United States, federal mask mandates are no longer in effect in airports and on planes. However, the same does not apply in Canada. which makes it a little complicated.

Under Canada’s own rules, all non-exempt passengers (regardless of vaccination status) must wear appropriate face coverings in all federally-operated airports and on all flights.

So, don’t forget your mask if you’re choosing to travel via air!

Traveling via sea

Anyone entering the US via ferry ports of entry must be fully vaccinated and be prepared to provide proof of their vaccination, if they are not a US citizen or US immigrant.

These restrictions apply regardless of whether an individual is traveling for essential or non-essential reasons.

COVID-19 testing is not required for entry via a land or ferry port of entry.

Children under 18 years old are exempt from the vaccination requirement at land and sea ports of entry.

What’s changing in Canada?

As of Monday, April 25, a number of rules are changing for those entering or returning home to Canada.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children aged between 5 and 11 (who are accompanied by a fully vaccinated guardian) will no be required to complete a pre-entry test.

However, these tests will still be necessary for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated travelers who are aged 12 and over.

As well, all fully vaxxed individuals will no longer have to provide a quarantine plan upon entry to Canada.

As of the same date, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have to wear masks in public spaces for 14 days after arriving in Canada, report if they are developing symptoms, maintain a list of close contacts and more.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.


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