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Borders closed to non-essential travel

Although Alberta began lifting pandemic restrictions the Canadian border remains closed to non-essential travel.

The Canada Border Services Agency reminds travellers the restrictions announced in March are still in place at all of Canada’s international border crossings.

The government of Canada introduced these border measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, including the restriction of all non-essential travel into Canada.

All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism, recreation and entertainment, is covered by these measures across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation — land, marine, air and rail.

Foreign nationals, including United States citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada if they attempt to come for any of the following examples of discretionary (non-essential) travel:

  • Opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home.
  • Boating across the border.
  • Fishing or hunting.
  • Attending a party or celebration.
  • Visiting family, friends, partners or a girlfriend, boyfriend or fiance.
  • Driving in transit for the purpose of taking a shortcut through Canada to get to a U.S. destination faster.
  • Picking up a pet.
  • Sightseeing.

Crossing the border by boat for recreation or tourism purposes is prohibited.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Registered Indians under the Indian Act continue to enter Canada by right, and are subject to COVID-19 entry screening measures.

All persons entering Canada — no matter their country of origin or mode of entry — must isolate themselves for 14 days.

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