CBSA reminds boaters of proper protocol when entering Canadian water this summer

CBSA news release reminding boaters of entry points and reporting requirements.

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The Canada Border Services Agency wants boaters to remember their entry and reporting obligations when traveling in Canadian waters.

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With spring comes the promise of warmer weather and summer fun. Boating season is right around the corner and the CBSA says all travelers coming to Canada by water must report their arrival to ArriveCAN before or when entering a marine port.

For Canadian citizens, if travelers dock outside of Canada the CBSA requires that a COVID-19 border and health requirements checklist is filled out prior to re-entry. Those who travel without making physical contact with others will not have to fill out the form.

“Travel to Canada is prohibited for foreign nationals who do not qualify as fully vaccinated,” says the CBSA.

Those who are fully vaccinated must submit their mandatory information through ArriveCAN before or when they enter Canada and report to the CBSA.

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Foreign nationals who enter Canadian waters for leisure and touring and those who briefly transit Canadian waters “are not required to report to the CBSA as long as the boat does not land on Canadian soil, anchor, moor or come alongside another boat, and no persons or goods are discharged in Canadian waters,” the press release reads.

People can report to the CBSA by consulting the list of open designated marine reporting sites. Boats carrying fewer than 30 passengers can report directly in-person at one of the designated marine sites or call the CBSA at 1-888-226-7277.

Failure to report may result in detention, seizure of a boat and/or a minimum fine of $1,000.

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