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BORDER CROSSING INFO

Updated: Nov 19

Fully vaccinated Americans are now welcome in Canada. Border officers will select passengers at random for COVID self-testing kit to be completed here at the lodge. Here are the quick facts:

REQUIREMENTS FOR BORDER CROSSING FROM US TO CANADA

  • Must have received the full series of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson) at least 14 days prior to the day you enter Canada.

  • Upload information into the ArriveCAN app (this app is free and secure, more info below)

  • Must have a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Antigen tests are not accepted. (See accepted tests)

  • Must be asymptomatic upon arrival

Upon arrival, the border officer will ask you for your ArriveCAN receipt, proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test results and other typical documentation.


CAN I GET BACK TO THE US?

Yes. The US border closure does not apply to US citizens. Currently there are no testing or quarantine requirements for Americans returning to the US by land border crossing. There are testing requirements for Americans returning to the US via air. We will update here if requirements change.


ARRIVECAN

ArriveCAN is very straightforward and guides you step by step either via the app or in your web browser. One "head of party" can complete for all guests travelling together, or everyone can submit separately.

  • All information must be input into the ArriveCAN app within 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada.

  • The app will ask you to input contact information for you and the people you are travelling with, purpose of trip, date of arrival, port of entry (Ex: Fort Frances Bridge), proof of vaccination, and your quarantine location (Pine Cliff Lodge, 8505 Ontario 72, Sioux Lookout ON P8T 0A7)

See How to Use ArriveCAN for more info.



COVID TESTING

We recommend calling your local urgent care facility, as they often offer testing 24/7. When you call, explain that you need a rapid molecular test to travel to Canada and ensure they offer one of the accepted tests below. Here's a sample of what you should ask your local clinic:

  • Do you offer rapid molecular test? (Most common are PCR test and Nucleic acid tests, but full list is found below)

  • Do you offer tests any day/time or only specific times?

  • Do I need to schedule an appointment or are walk-ins welcome?

  • What is the cost of the test (based on your insurance or lack thereof)? (If you don't have insurance, the test could very likely be covered by the CARES act)


WHAT TESTS ARE ACCEPTED?

These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:

  • PCR - Polymerase chain reaction

  • RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR

  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)

  • Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)

  • Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)

  • Isothermal amplification

  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)

  • Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)

  • RNA (Ribonucleic acid)

  • Ct (cycle threshold)

  • CRISPR

  • Sequencing

  • Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)

  • Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)

  • Detection of the N gene

  • Detection of Orf1a/b

  • Detection of the S gene

  • Detection of the E gene

  • Detection of the RdRp gene




COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS



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