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💥 U.S to Re-open Land Border with Canada in early November! 💥


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So much uncertainty as to what the WHO and/or CDC will approve.  Of the 3.9 million Canadians who have two different doses of Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines, approximately 1.6 million had a dose of AZ followed by an mRNA vaccine (according to the Public Health Agency of Canada). 

 

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What a bureaucratic mess. You need to be vaccinated to cross the land border, but you may not need to prove it. But if you fly in by plane, you need to double your documentation.

 

Foreign visitors crossing into the United States by land or ferry will need to be vaccinated but will not necessarily need to show proof of vaccination unless they are referred by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for secondary inspections.

 

By contrast, all non-U.S. air travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and will need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

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43 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

What a bureaucratic mess. You need to be vaccinated to cross the land border, but you may not need to prove it. But if you fly in by plane, you need to double your documentation.

 

Foreign visitors crossing into the United States by land or ferry will need to be vaccinated but will not necessarily need to show proof of vaccination unless they are referred by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for secondary inspections.

 

By contrast, all non-U.S. air travelers will need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and will need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not need to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Made worse too by the fact that technically the border has been closed all this time but flying visitors have been allowed to come to the US from Canada.  The official verbiage said it's closed but it was closed softly with no testing or vaccine required for most of the 19 month closure.  

Once again the CDC  is right on top of things!  #toolittletoolate 

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5 hours ago, Rob&Ana said:

I guess your PCR test to get back into Canada (for like a day trip) could be done before you leave....Not sure the cost would warrant a day trip...

PCR tests are free in the US (for US citizens), covered by the federal government if private health insurance doesn't cover it.

Rapid PCR tests may not be free.  The rapid tests offered in airports is not free.  Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and others offer free PCR tests that take ~ 48 hours for results.

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16 minutes ago, Canadian-Cruiser said:

Hence the travel warning still up on the government of Canada site about avoiding all cruise ship travel that basically all Canadian travel insurance carriers are citing when it comes to exclusions in covid insurance coverage.

Be interesting to see if they still say that after "opening" the ports to cruise ships soon.

If cruise ships are a threat and should be avoided, why allow them into port?

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

Be interesting to see if they still say that after "opening" the ports to cruise ships soon.

If cruise ships are a threat and should be avoided, why allow them into port?

It’s the same situation in the US is it not? CDC recommends avoiding cruise ship travel but is allowing ships to sail nonetheless?

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3 hours ago, Vancity Cruiser said:

It’s the same situation in the US is it not? CDC recommends avoiding cruise ship travel but is allowing ships to sail nonetheless?

Actually the CDC backed off the absolute don't cruise mantra several months ago.  It became:

CDC recommends that travelers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to traveling on a cruise ship.

Travelers who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, regardless of vaccination status.

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1 hour ago, teddy said:

My wife just got back from a few days in Canada.  While not quite the same as Canadians coming down, she said the process on each side was easy as long as you have all your ducks in a row....testing, vaccination card, etc.

 

Fly or drive?  I'm going to drive across later this month and drive back.  

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8 minutes ago, twangster said:

Fly or drive?  I'm going to drive across later this month and drive back.  

She drove up and back. 
 

Unlike Royal, Canada counts hours for the test to enter. It must be within 72 hours of entry.  PCR only. 
 

No problems crossing back into the States.  She has dual citizenship therefore can travel on her American passport. 

Her sister, who went with her, is still a Canadian citizen and had no problems getting back in the states with her Canadian passport and US resident alien card. 
 

 

 

 

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