Find out if you can travel to Canada - Foreign national - U.S. entry - Trans-border community, remote cross-border or geographic constraints
You indicated that you are:
- a foreign national
- coming from the United States
- border crossing for essential everyday functions
Based on your answers, you will likely be allowed to enter Canada; however, the final determination will be made by a government official at the port of entry.
When crossing is required for essential everyday functions, travellers are generally exempt from testing and quarantine requirements for situations described under trans-border, remote cross-border or geographically constrained communities.
Examples of quarantine exempt crossings
- cross-border child custody arrangements
- buying necessities such as food or gas
- attending medical appointments
- going to or returning from work
What you need to do next
- bring any proof you have to support your reason for entry
- find out which testing and quarantine requirements apply to you for your border community or situation
Cross-border students (daily or regular crossing)
Cross-border students attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by the province or territory, and the province or territory and local public health authority has approved the institution to accept cross-border students, will likely be exempt from quarantine.
If you’re driving a student
You will likely be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if the student must regularly attend a school across the border.
- go directly to the school, making no other stops along the way
- only exit your vehicle to drop off or pick up the student and wear a mask.
If you’re driving a dependent child for custody arrangements
You will likely be exempt from testing and quarantine requirements if you are driving or picking up a dependent child under the terms of a court order regarding custody, access, or parenting.
You must only exit your vehicle to drop off or pick up the child and wear a mask.
If a government representative at the border determines you are not exempt from testing and quarantine
You must follow all requirements.
This answer does not guarantee entry into Canada
- You must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to enter.
- Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada.
- You must meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation; find out if you need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
- Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines.
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