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Mon Aug 9, 2021, 08:44 AM

Canada begins allowing vaccinated US citizens to visit again

Source: AP

By LISA BAUMANN and WILSON RING

Canada on Monday is lifting its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents must be both fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 within three days to get across one of the world’s longest and busiest land borders. Travelers also must fill out a detailed on application on the arriveCAN app before crossing.

Even though travelers have to register, the Canada Border Services Agency won’t say how many people they are expecting to enter Canada for the reopening. But travelers should plan for the possibility of additional processing time at the border.

“CBSA will not compromise the health and safety of Canadians for the sake of border wait times,” agency spokeswoman Rebecca Purdy said in a statement.



FILE - In this June 8, 2021, file photo, a car heads into the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine, Wash. Canada is lifting its prohibition Monday, Aug. 9, on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians. The reopening Monday is part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-canada-business-health-travel-f2a37189b8c7ac90dddec1514a7f3fa8

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 9, 2021, 09:20 AM

1. That can't be the border photo

There are no liquor stores and fireworks vendors

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 9, 2021, 10:43 AM

2. Peace Arch is right on the water.

The liquor store is at the Truck Crossing a few miles east.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 9, 2021, 11:00 AM

3. There are still restrictions - Americans can't visit Canada for vacations or "casual visits"....

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They need a specific reason to do so, and need to be fully vaccinated and have a recent negative test result.

From the travel.gc.ca website:

The Canada-U.S. temporary border restriction implemented on March 21, 2020 continues. All discretionary/optional travel remains prohibited.


https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/answers/foreign-us-none-optional

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Aug 9, 2021, 02:05 PM

4. From the pic - "a car heads into the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine"

I've been through there (crosses into British Columbia, with the main road that goes to Vancouver). That was just over 25 years ago. There was a palm tree (I think maybe a Queen palm) right there at the crossing. Not sure if it is still there or not. I will say that Vancouver was a whole other world though.

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