Cross-border Travel – Your Questions Answered | NW Explorations


Cross-border Travel – Your Questions Answered

UPDATED August 6, 2021: Please see our latest post for the most current information. This post has been updated to reflect those changes.

The following information will help familiarize you with the current entry requirements for the U.S. and Canada. Please ensure you check all official websites for the most up-to-date information prior to planning your travel. We also highly recommend travel insurance which covers COVID-19 related matters, as these provide an extra layer of peace-of-mind, especially ones with Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) coverage.

 U.S. Residents Traveling to Canada

  • When can I travel to Canada for vacation? Beginning August 9, American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who qualify as a “fully vaccinated traveller” may enter Canada.
  • What about other foreign nationals? On September 7 (intended start date) foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated may enter Canada.
  • What is a fully vaccinated traveller?
    • Have received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines
    • Have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada
  • What do I need to do to prepare for my trip?
    • Make sure you are eligible to enter Canada
    • Complete a pre-entry test 72 hours prior to your entry into Canada
    • Upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
    • Complete an arrival test upon entry into Canada
    • You may be randomly selected to complete a day 1 COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival in Canada.
  • Once I am in Canada, are there any requirements for fully vaccinated travellers? Yes, you must adhere to the following:
    • Follow local public health measures
    • Wear a mask while in public for 14 days
    • Maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
    • Keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days
  • Can I enter Canada via private boat?
    • While the announcement has not yet specified whether this will apply to recreational boat crossings we are hopeful that it will mean we’ll be able to run trips as originally planned and visit Desolation Sound and other areas in British Columbia this fall.
    • Yes, adhering to the same requirements for land and air entry.
    • If a boat does not land in Canada, doesn’t make contact with another boat, doesn’t moor or anchor while in Canadian waters, other than anchoring in accordance with the right of innocent passage under international law, the travellers will not be required to submit a pre-arrival test or their mandatory information via ArriveCAN.

NOTE: Please ensure you plan and prepare for your trip by completing the entry requirements questionnaire on the Government of Canada website.

Canadian Residents Traveling to the U.S.

  • Can I travel to the U.S. for vacation? No.
  • When can I travel to the U.S. for vacation? Until further notice, the U.S. has extended the closure of its border to non-essential travel to August 21.

NOTE: Please ensure you plan and prepare for your trip by staying up-to-date with the latest requirements on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.



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