Some things we’ve learned since the beginning of the pandemic: Travel rules and restrictions are fluid and can change in the blink of an eye. Those same regulations are often difficult to understand and come with caveats, fine print and, if not understood, could lead to hefty fines.
If you are planning a trip to the United States during the fourth wave, you probably have questions that you have not been able to easily find answers to.
From testing to reopening the land border, we answer your urgent questions about #PandemicTravel.
My trip to the United States is less than 72 hours. Can the COVID-19 test that I take in Canada be used to make me come back to the country too?
Yes. If your trip is less than 72 hours, Canadian citizens, persons registered under the Indian law, permanent residents and protected persons (defined by the government as a person who faces persecution in the country where they originated for a number of reasons, including race or religion), they are allowed to take their pre-entry molecular test before leaving Canada.
If the test has more than 72 hours by the time you re-enter Canada, you will need to have a new molecular test in the US.
This applies to land, air and sea trip.
Canada will not accept the results of a rapid antigen test.
I am a Canadian citizen. They can’t deny me entry to the country, can they?
Well yes and no. Yes, you will be allowed to enter Canada. No, you can be denied righ now reentry, depending on your situation.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons registered under the Indian law and foreign citizens eligible to enter the country under exemptions such as work abroad, study, compassionate reasons, will not be denied boarding or entry.
However, those travelers who do not send information through ArriveCAN they may face additional delays at the border for public health questioning and may be subject to fines or enforcement actions.
For example, if you are a Canadian citizen who has symptoms of COVID-19 and you plan to travel by plane, the federal site says that you will not be able to board a public flight to reach Canada until 14 days have passed or if you present “a medical certificate confirm that your symptoms are not related to COVID-19. ”
When you can finally log back in, you will need to continue testing and quarantine requirements.
To find out if you can enter Canada, you can do this quick test on the Government of Canada website.
What is a molecular test?
Travelers by land or air coming to Canada must provide a negative molecular COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arriving at a land border or prior to your scheduled flight to Canada. Rapid antigen test results will not be accepted.
These tests below are considered acceptable molecular tests:
PCR: polymerase chain reaction
Nucleic acid test (NAT) or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)
Reverse transcription loop mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP).
These tests usually come in the form of a nasal swab or saliva sample.
Molecular tests (PCR) are different from a rapid antigen test, which people can easily buy online at reputable stores and pharmacies like Shoppers Drug Mart, for around $ 40 per test.
The United States accepts both types of viral tests for entry.
When will the U.S. land border reopen?
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will begin allowing fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, such as visiting friends and family or for tourism, overland and border crossings at ferry.
The reopening will take place in two phases.
The first, starting in November, will allow fully vaccinated Canadian travelers to enter the United States by land and via ferry entry points for non-essential reasons.
Travelers must present proof of vaccination. People who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be able to travel for non-essential purposes from Canada and Mexico to the United States by land and ferry.
In early January 2022, the US will require that all foreign travelers crossing the US land or ferry, for essential or nonessential reasons, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have proof of vaccination.
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