The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday October 29th, that a negative COVID-19 test will not be required to enter the USA through its border crossings – land border and ferry terminals. The US/Canada and US/Mexico land borders are scheduled to open on Nov. 8.
Please note, for all of my fellow Canadian “Snowbirds” – you will only be required to present proof that you are fully vaccinated. It is strongly recommended you have a paper and digital copy of any vaccination document you wish to present to the US border control. Your Ontario QR code will not be accepted.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a news release said, “We are pleased to take another step toward easing travel restrictions at our borders in a manner that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the American public.”
US officials have also confirmed that Canadians with mixed vaccine doses (based on the World Health Organization criteria) will be accepted into the country. Canadians in particular and maybe more so then any other country in the world, have mixed the vaccines of AstraZeneca with that of Pfizer and Moderna.
US citizens wishing to enter Canada will need to be fully vaccinated AND anyone and everyone, needs a negative PCR COVID-19 test within three days of requesting entrance.
PETS: Most Snowbirds like to bring their pets with them. Please make sure your dog and/or cat has up to date rabies shots. The test must be within the last two years. For pets recently vaccinated, the shot must be more then 30 days before crossing. As for Birds, the concern is “Avian Flu”. You need to book an appointment with the “Border Vet” to get the okay for your “bird” to enter. As always proof of vaccination is necessary.