For the first time since March 2020, non-citizen travelers will be permitted to enter the U.S. through land borders and ferry terminals for a non-essential reason. Historic restrictions that limited travel into the United States were lifted on Monday, November 8th, for fully vaccinated international visitors with proof.
COVID-19 rules have loosened but measures are still very much in place. Therefore, it is critically important for travelers to plan, make sure they know exactly what they need to travel to the U.S. and return to Canada.
To visit the U.S. travelers must have proof of an approved vaccination, verbally attest to travel intent and vaccination status, and have an acceptable ID, such as a passport, enhanced driver’s license or enhanced tribal card.
Accepted vaccines include those approved and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and that have an emergency use listing from the World Health Organization.
When Canadians return from travel, all travelers five years of age or older, regardless of vaccination status, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result, which includes a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR), nucleic acid test (NAT) or nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs), reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
The molecular test needs to be taken in the U.S. within 72 hours of entry into Canada. For anyone travelling to the U.S. for less than 72 hours, Canadian citizens, people registered under the Indian Act, permanent residents and protected persons travelling to the United States are allowed to do their pre-entry molecular test before they leave Canada, but still within that 72-hour timeframe.
The U.S. has also lifted a travel ban on several countries that has been in place from the outset, including China, India and Brazil.
The Canadian border reopened in August for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens.