During the first few weeks of travelling back into Canada, returning Canadians reported longer processing times at the border (Sumas was averaging about 10 minutes per car). This is quite different from pre-Covid processing times. For our group of property owners, a lot (I’m estimating about 25%) were required to go for secondary covid testing at home, which meant they were in quarantine until they had submitted their test. Travellers can also expect to see fewer lanes open and longer wait times overall while the borders slowly transition back to regular capacity.
If you are travelling for 72 hours or less, a negative PCR test is no longer required, however, if you are visiting for longer than 72 hours you will need to produce a negative PCR test. (Hint, search around, you can find some free testing sites being offered right now!)
Border Checklist For Returning To Canada
- Travel Documents (ie Passport & Nexus)
- Proof of Vaccination
- ArriveCan Completed Registration Receipt
- Activities in the car to entertain the kids while you wait.
- Negative Covid PCR test results if you’ve been in the United States for over 72 hours