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Thu May 7, 2020, 05:05 AM

Alaska snowbirds allowed to drive home through Canada

Alaskans looking to return home after snowbirding in the Lower 48 will be allowed to travel through Canada, despite the fact that the country closed its borders to nonessential travel.

In a tele-town hall meeting held last Thursday with Alaska Senators Lisa Murkwoski and Dan Sullivan, a caller asked a pressing question he said hadn’t been covered in news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the U.S.-Canadian border closed to nonessential traffic, can Alaska snowbirds who have spent the winter in the Lower 48 drive through Canada to return home? The short answer is “yes,” but like many relationships, the longer answer is “it’s complicated.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada imposed restrictions on border crossings and travel through the country. That restriction has been extended to May 21 and may be prolonged “as necessary for health reasons,” according to an email from Jacqueline Callin, a media spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency.

Read more: https://www.peninsulaclarion.com/news/alaska-snowbirds-allowed-to-drive-home-through-canada/

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