Closed. Checklist for those who can travel.

If you intend to travel across the U.S.-Canada border any time soon, you may want to double-check what you need to do before planning your trip. 

The Canada Border Services Agency has recently issued a checklist to assist U.S. travelers in driving or flying into the country. Travel restrictions remain in place in Canada where any non-essential travel for tourism or recreation is prohibited.

Since March of last year, noncommercial cross-border travel has been halted by both countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ban has been reimposed on a month-by-month basis since then — with current restrictions set to expire on June 21 unless they are extended.

Vermont’s congressional delegation on Monday urged the Biden administration to begin relaxing restrictions to travel, citing financial and emotional stress on both sides of the border.

When will U.S.-Canada border open? What you need to know

The following day, on Tuesday, the U.S. State Department issued a more relaxed stance toward travel to Canada, downgrading the country on its travel advisory list from Level 4 (“Do Not Travel”) to Level 3 (“Reconsider Travel”), according to reporting by the USA Today Network

Travel is still restricted between the United States and Canada but that may be changing soon. The toll booths leading to the The Detroit-Windsor tunnel indicate on several LED signs "essential travel only" on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

What sorts of travel restrictions deter me from entering Canada?

Travel that is considered optional or discretionary, and is therefore prohibited by the Canadian government, includes:

  • Outdoor recreation (i.e. hiking, boating or camping across the border).
  • Social gatherings (i.e. birthday parties, wedding).
  • Picking up a pet.
  • Visiting or checking on a second home or seasonal residence.
  • Visiting friends.

Who can cross the border?

U.S. citizens looking to travel into Canada can only cross in extremely limited circumstances.

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