The CBSA reminds U.S. travellers of restrictions ahead of Memorial Day
May 20, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding United States (U.S.) travellers, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, that travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings.
The Government of Canada introduced border measures in March to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including the restriction of all non-essential travel into Canada.
All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism, recreation and entertainment, is covered by these measures across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation – land, marine, air and rail.
With the travel restrictions still in place, foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada if they attempt to come for any of the following examples of discretionary (non-essential) travel:
- opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home;
- boating across the border;
- fishing or hunting;
- visiting family, friends, partners or a girlfriend, boyfriend or fiancé(e);
- attending a party or celebration;
- driving in transit for the purpose of taking a shortcut through Canada to get to a U.S. destination faster; and,
- picking up a pet.
The CBSA is reminding boaters that crossing the border for recreation or tourism purposes is currently prohibited. Boaters should visit the CBSA website for more information.
The CBSA has temporarily suspended service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry, ferry terminals and to the Remote Area Border Crossing program. Travellers should review the list of CBSA locations that remain open during this temporary service suspension on the CBSA website.
As of April 22, there continues to be a temporary restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border. This restriction has been extended until June 21, 2020, and can be prolonged as necessary for public health reasons.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Registered Indians under the Indian Act continue to enter Canada by right, and are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures.
All persons entering Canada – no matter their country of origin or mode of entry - MUST isolate themselves for 14 days if they have symptoms of or confirmed COVID-19 or quarantine themselves for 14 days if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
Travellers returning to Canada can reduce their wait times and limit contact at the border by downloading the ArriveCAN App. The App was created to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
For the latest on cross-border programs and services, travellers can call the CBSA’s Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.
Media Relations, Canada Border Services Agency
Media Line: 613-957-6500 or 1-877-761-5945
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