Border Crossing Information

MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED & BRING PROOF

To be eligible to enter Canada, American citizens and permanent residents must be fully vaccinated and have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – booster shot recognized by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, the recognized vaccines are those manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country.

Must have a paper or digital copy of your vaccination documentation along with the original to show a government official on request. Those who have had COVID-19 previously but who are not fully vaccinated are not eligible for entry. A doctor’s note is not an accepted piece of documentation.

American travelers and those other countries will have to submit their proof of vaccination through the ArriveCan app — Click here to download or WEB PORTAL Click here to download.  You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival in Canada.

MUST HAVE ACCEPTED COVID-19 TEST

You must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test MUST be a PCR test and NOT an antigen also known as a “rapid” test completed within 72 prior to arriving in Canada. Upload the digital documentation to the ArriveCAN app (see above).

Paper or Electronic proof which must include:

  1. Traveller name and date of birth
  2. Name and address of the laboratory/clinic/facility that administered the test
  3. The date on which the test was conducted
  4. The type of test conducted (it must be a PCR test)
  5. The test results

QUICK RESULTS at 1229 3rd Street INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN is offering RT-PCR Test for $159 by appointment only 7 days a week. Here is the link  http://www.covidquickresults.com/ to set up your appointment and will have results in 30-40 minutes. Their phone number is 320-249-9041 if you run into troubles.

OR if crossing at Baudette, Walk-in Covid tests in Baudette Minnesota Acceptable molecular test are available at Thrifty White Pharmacy 111 Main Avenue Phone number is 218-634-1236 Monday – Friday with Results back within an hour or less.

Here are links that may help you find a testing site near you:

These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests – *antigen tests are not accepted*:

  • PCR – Polymerase chain reaction
  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
  • Isothermal amplification
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
  • Ct (cycle threshold)
  • CRISPR
  • Sequencing
  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
  • Detection of the N gene
  • Detection of Orf1a/b
  • Detection of the S gene
  • Detection of the E gene
  • Detection of the RdRp gene

These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.

 

HAVE A BACK-UP QUARANTINE PLAN

There will be no quarantine requirement when you enter Canada. However, just in case something unforeseen happens, have a back-up 14-day quarantine plan. This information is requested when you submit your ArriveCAN information.

A quarantine plan includes an address of where you will perform your quarantine. Our address for the camp is NESTOR FALLS FLY-IN OUTPOSTS 1170 NESTOR FALLS FLY-IN RD, Nestor Falls, ON P0X 1K0.

 

DON’T WORRY ABOUT A COVID-19 TEST UPON ARRIVAL

You do not need to be tested upon arrival, but there will be a random testing program in place at the border. Therefore, if you are randomly selected you will be subject to a COVID-19 test.

 

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE NO COVID-19 SYMPTOMS UPON ARRIVAL

Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • temperature equal to or over 38°C
  • feeling feverish
  • chills
  • fatigue or weakness
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of smell or taste
  • headache
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
  • feeling very unwell

 

BE PREPARED TO FOLLOW A FEW PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES

Upon entry into Canada, be prepared to follow some public health measures such as:

  1. Wearing a mask when indoors in public
  2. Monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  3. Keep a list of close contacts and locations visited for 14 days after you enter Canada

 

BRINGING UNVACCINATED CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 YEARS

Unvaccinated children (12 years and younger) of fully vaccinated adult travelers will also be exempt from doing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.  These children must follow strict public health measures. This means they can move around with their parents but must avoid group settings. Unvaccinated children must also meet all other required criteria, including submitting information electronically through ArriveCAN and all testing requirements.

 

The following information was taken from https://www.northernontario.travel/…/canada-us-border… and will be updated regularly. If you want to read the official government of Canada website it is https://travel.gc.ca/…/covid-vaccinated-travellers….


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