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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Vaccinated BC residents can travel to the US for 24-hour travel without a COVID-19 test; Point Roberts rules remain the same

The Canadian government withdrew its COVID-19 test exemption for Canadians traveling in the US within 72 hours beginning December 21, but the next day a test for BC residents traveling more than 24 hours Discount announced.

On 17 December, Canada’s Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos announced that Canada would reintroduce the requirement of a negative PCR test for all fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country, starting 72 hours from 21 December. Make fewer trips. The long-awaited test waiver for fully immunized Canadians traveling to 72 hours went into effect on November 30, less than a month ago.

Canada revised its 72-hour test exemption due to the spread of the Omicron variant nationwide and globally, according to a Canadian Public Health Agency news release.

But the Canadian government immediately made an exception to the new rule for B.C. residents affected by devastating floods in mid-November that disrupted supply chains. On December 22, the government allowed a test exemption for fully vaccinated B.C. residents who need to travel to the U.S. to buy goods and services and not leave more than 24 hours.

BC travelers are not allowed to attend social gatherings during 24-hour travel in the US

According to the Canada Border Services Agency, children under the age of 12 can enter the US for 24-hour visits with a fully vaccinated adult, and a person who is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons. He can also enter.

Per Canada’s order, people entering Canada from other exclave communities such as Point Roberts and Haider, Alaska or Northwest Angle, Minnesota are not required to have a negative COVID-19 test to enter Canada, regardless of their stay or residence. whatever the length. In the council that lays out the restrictions.

Canadians who must pass a pre-entry PCR test before returning to Canada will now be required to take the test outside Canada. Previously, Canadians could take the test in Canada if they were returning to the country in less than 72 hours, the deadline required to take the test in order to be accepted.

The Canadian government began advising against all non-essential travel outside Canada on 15 December. In the news release, the Canadian government challenged the strict border measures put in place for families and said the restrictions would continue to be evaluated.

Fully vaccinated US travelers must still show evidence of a negative PCR test within 72 hours before entering Canada.

A small number of travelers entering Canada are still being randomly tested at the border. According to government data, 29,671 people were randomly tested at land borders between November 28 and December 11. Of them, only 0.43 per cent of the passengers tested positive for Covid-19.

“There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Omicron variant, but we do know it’s spreading rapidly,” Duclos said. “Since we can never be too cautious when it comes to the safety and health of Canadians, we are updating our travel and border measures and the need for provinces and territories to help slow the spread of variation in communities. Working hand in hand together. Country.”

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