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New rules in effect for travellers entering Canada at land border crossings

Last Updated Feb 15, 2021 at 6:17 am PST

The U.S. port of entry into Blaine, Wash., is seen at a very quiet Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The United States has agreed to Canada's request to extend the mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel until June 21.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

People driving into Canada must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the U.S. within 72 hours

As of Feb. 22, travellers arriving at land border points will be required to take COVID-19 tests upon arrival

OTTAWA — New rules went into effect this morning for travellers crossing from the U.S. into Canada at land border points.

With exceptions for essential travellers, people driving into the country must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the U.S. within 72 hours.

Or they must offer proof of a positive test result between 14 and 90 days before arrival, which is long enough for the illness to have passed, but not so long that immunity might have waned.

As of Feb. 22, travellers arriving at land border points will also be required to take COVID-19 tests upon arrival.

That is also the date that air travellers will be forced into a mandatory three-day hotel quarantine at their own expense and required to take multiple COVID-19 tests.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the measures are meant to help prevent new and more transmissible variants of COVID-19 from entering the country, adding nobody wants a third wave to start.

The Canadian Press