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Canada—U.S. Border Opening FAQs

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Canada—U.S. Border Opening FAQs

Have questions about travelling to Canada in 2022? We've got answers.

Here are the top frequently asked questions about the Canadian border as of June 14, 2022.

As of Sunday June 12, 2022, U.S. visitors to Canada will no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 test in order to return back to the United States by air. The CDC in the United States has waived this requirement based on the available science. That means travellers in Canada no longer have to worry about how and where to get a Covid-19 test before returning to the U.S. 

And as of April, 2022, fully vaccinated visitors to Canada do not have to produce a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the country, either. That means arriving and departing our amazing country has never been easier. 

That's great news for us here in Northern Ontario—from our lodges to our motels, our restaurants to our boutiques, our campgrounds to our outfitters—we're all excited to be welcoming our U.S. friends back to our amazing province.

“Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. What unites us is far greater than what divides us.” —President JFK in his address to Canadian parliament, 1961,

This is part of a phased reopening of Canada's borders and could change at any time if deemed necessary for public health. Consult the Government of Canada travel site for the most recent updates and requirements. 

Learn about the 3 steps you need to take before visiting Canada.

What do Americans need to cross the border into Ontario in 2022?

Americans and permanent residents need 3 things to enter:

1. You must be fully vaccinated A record of full immunization (both original and a digital copy to upload to the ArriveCAN app or website (see more about that below). 

2. They will also need to register their travel information on ArriveCAN within 72 hours of travel. This will ask for your basic details plus vaccine info, test info, as well as a quarantine plan (i.e. where you will safely quarantine if someone becomes ill or tests positive.)

3. Don't forget the passports of course! 

If you do not have the required documents you will be denied entry to Canada. 

What is the ArriveCAN app?

ArriveCAN is a free Government of Canada app (and website) where travellers must log in and submit their travel info. Download it, fill out your info, upload your documents, and have it ready to show at customs. It should take a few minutes to fill out. This is mandatory for each person in your group entering Canada.

This is a free service from the Government of Canada so be wary of third-party sites that ask for payment. 

What vaccines are recognized by the Canadian government?

Vaccines that are currently recognized by the Canadian government include  Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and the Johnson & Johnson. Other vaccines are under review. 

But I had COVID already! Can I bring a doctor's note?

At this time, only fully vaccinated travellers will be granted entry into Canada. 

My family was vaccinated yesterday. Can we visit ontario, Canada today?

Nope. Visitors must have been fully immunized for 14 days or more before travel into Canada.

Can I travel to canada with my kids? They're under 5 and not eligible to be vaccinated! 

Right now the government's direction is that children who are currently ineligible to be vaccinated (i.e. under 5) may enter Canada with their parent or guardian and are exempt from quarantine. 

Do I need to wear a mask when I'm visiting Ontario?

Nope, mask mandates have been dropped except in a few special situations like in long term care homes and hospitals.

how can i plan my visit to Northern Ontario?

Luckily, our region is vast and full of opportunities for any kind of visit you want to experience this summer—fishing, camping, boating, golf, and hiking as well as urban adventures in our major hubs of Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay. There are lots of lodges, outfitters, campgrounds, and motels/hotels that have availability in August, September, and beyond. Don't miss out on everything on offer in our historic small towns, too. 

Due to its location alongside the Northern Minnesota border, Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country is especially dependent on its American visitors and is looking forward to welcoming back Americans this summer. 

Superior Country, Algoma Country, and Northeastern Ontario also have lots of places to stay and things to see. 

If you are visiting during forest fire season in Northern Ontario there may be fires active in some remote areas. Visit here for a list of affected areas or view this interactive map to ensure you plan accordingly. 

Did Canada miss me?

Yes. We did. We really did. 

Welcome back, friends. We're happy you're here.

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