Federal Government Announces Canada-U.S. Border Will Remain Closed Until December 21st, 2020

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OTTAWA – November 19, 2020 – Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement:

Canada and the United States have agreed to extend the temporary restriction of all non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border until December 21st, 2020.

The Government of Canada’s top priority remains the health and safety of Canadians, and this extension will continue to protect people on both sides of the border while ensuring the flow of essential goods and services between our two countries.

Arriving from the United States

If you are a foreign national arriving from the United States, to enter Canada, you must prove to the CBSA that you:

  • are travelling for a non-discretionary (essential) purpose or are an immediate family member
  • are not presenting signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • have a plan to quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted

The Canada-U.S. temporary border restriction continues. All discretionary/optional travel remains prohibited.

Transiting through Canada to Alaska

As of , at 12:01 am PDT, if you are transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary (essential) reason, you must follow stricter rules and meet additional entry conditions.

Specifically, you have to enter Canada at one of the following ports of entry (POE):

  • Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia)
  • Coutts (Alberta)
  • Kingsgate (British Columbia)
  • North Portal (Saskatchewan)
  • Osoyoos (British Columbia)

If you arrive at a non-identified POE for the purpose of transiting to Alaska, the CBSA will deny you entry and advise you to go to one of the five identified POEs.

No matter the reason for travel, if you have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Providing false information to a BSO may lead to consequences such as being denied entry and/or banned from returning to Canada.

Following admission into Canada, you:

  • will be allowed a reasonable period of stay to carry out the transit
  • must limit your travel within Canada to the most direct route to your intended POE of exit, avoiding all national parks, leisure sites and tourism activities
  • must report to the nearest CBSA POE to confirm your exit from Canada, before entering the U.S.

The CBSA will issue you a vehicle “hang tag” to attach to your rear view mirror for the duration of your transit. The tag will include the date you must depart Canada as well as information on the conditions imposed upon entry, the Quarantine and Emergencies Acts and a list of public health and safety measures to follow. These measures include:

  • avoiding contact with others while in transit
  • remaining in the vehicle as much as possible
  • not making any unnecessary stops
  • practicing physical distancing at all times
  • paying at the pump if you need gas
  • using a drive-through if you need food
  • wearing a suitable mask or face covering while in transit
  • ensuring good hygiene practices if you need to use a rest area