The US border with Canada reopens. What you need to know before you leave – National


The United States is ready to reopen its land border to non-essential travelers, even from Canada, on November 8th after being closed for over a year and a half.

The border has been closed since March 2020 to non-essential travelers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Canada reopened its land border to non-essential American travelers in August, the US hasn’t reciprocated until now.

Here’s what you need to know about rule changes.

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Starting November 8, all ports of entry into the United States, including ferries, will allow non-essential travelers, such as tourists, to be fully vaccinated. The new rules will come into effect starting at midnight on November 8th.

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To be considered fully vaccinated, 14 days must elapse after a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or after a one-dose vaccine, namely the Johnson & Johnson / Janssen vaccine.

The United States will accept all vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and those awarded Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

These include Pfizer / BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Covishield.

The United States will also accept mixed doses of vaccines approved by different manufacturers, as long as they have been taken at least 17 days apart.

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Travelers must be prepared to respond to verbal requests asking if they are fully vaccinated and why they are traveling to the United States, and must provide evidence of their vaccination status if requested, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) .

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A digital or paper version of a vaccination certificate with a QR code or vaccination booklet will be accepted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children under the age of 18 will be exempt from the vaccination requirement as long as they travel with a fully vaccinated adult and the United States does not require a negative COVID-19 test to cross the border.

Field agents from US Customers and Border Protection (CBP) say they expect increased waiting times at borders, especially at busier intersections.

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“Travelers should be prepared with the correct information and documentation to enhance and accelerate their travel experience before embarking on a journey to the border,” said CBP Executive Director Matthew Davies.

“At any time, the officer can ask what they should have [proof of vaccination] available to present. “

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The United States does not currently require essential travelers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but will begin in January 2022, although the exact date has not been revealed.

Canada has allowed non-essential travel across the border for fully vaccinated travelers since August 9, 2021.

While a negative COVID-19 test is not required to cross the border into the United States, the same does not apply when returning to Canada.

Canada requires a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed within 72 hours of crossing the border to enter the country for all travelers five years of age and older. Canada will not accept a rapid antigen test even with a negative result.

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If you want to take a short day trip to the US, such as shopping at Target or seeing a Buffalo Bills game, you can also take the test in Canada to re-enter, as long as it is done within 72 hours.

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If you’ve had COVID-19, you can submit a positive test taken between 14 and 180 days earlier to cross the border, as long as you are symptom-free.

Fully vaccinated travelers can be randomly selected for a COVID-19 border test.

Children under the age of 12, who are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, must also be quarantined for 14 days after arrival, regardless of the test result. According to the government, they must not go to school, camp, daycare or crowded places, such as public transport.

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However, the testing and quarantine requirements have received a backlash from the Canadian tourism industry, calling for an end.

“It’s irrational,” said Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, who is also co-chair of the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

A PCR test can cost between $ 150 and $ 300, which could act as a barrier for families hoping to travel to Canada.

Top Canadian doctors said recently on Friday that the decision to keep the PCR test requirement is based on “the health and safety of Canadians first.”

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Officials said an “analysis” is underway as to whether the rules can change and instead be replaced by a quick test. But for now, a PCR test will remain the rule for re-entry.

In addition to the new land border rules, starting November 8, the United States will also require full vaccination of those entering the country by air, along with a negative COVID-19 test for two years and more.

The test must be carried out no more than three days before the trip. If you are under 18, you do not need to be fully vaccinated if you are traveling with a fully vaccinated adult.

If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you can provide a positive test result and a letter signed by your doctor giving you the okay to travel.

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-With Canadian Press files

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