United States Land Border Re-opens November 8th

Published on October 29, 2021

Going to the U.S.

Entry Requirements
If you're travelling by air to the U.S. you must present a valid passport or Nexus card valid for the duration of your stay, and proof of a COVID-19 negative viral test (rapid antigen), done within 72 hours of your planned entry to the U.S. These tests start at $40 CAD.

Starting November 8th, travellers will be able to enter the U.S. at a land/sea border.

Official proclamations and regulations are still forthcoming, but these are the requirements for entry we know so far:

  • Passport or Nexus card valid for the duration of your stay
  • Travellers 12 or older must provide proof of complete vaccination. Travellers are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completing the full series of an accepted vaccine.
  • Currently people entering the U.S. via land and sea borders do not need to provide proof of a COVID-19 negative test. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not yet said whether this will change.

Accepted Vaccines

  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Mixed doses of the above
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Vaccines approved (currently 7) by the World Health Organization (includes mixed doses of AstraZeneca)

Accepted Proof of Vaccination

  • The Government of Canada has announced that it will not be developing their own vaccine certificate for international travel. Instead the 10 provinces and 3 territories will use their systems to provide proof of vaccination for Canadians travelling within or outside of Canada. The U.S. government has not yet provided details on acceptable proof of vaccination.

More Information
U.S Customs & Border Protection
Peace Bridge Crossing

Returning to Canada

Entry Requirements

All travellers (air/land/sea) are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Requirements include:

  • Passport or Nexus card. Visitors to Canada must ensure documents are valid for the duration of their stay.
  • Travellers 5 or older must provide proof of a COVID-19 negative molecular test (PCR, NAT, NAATS or RT-LAMP) done within 72 hours of your planned entry to Canada. These tests start at $135 USD. Please note that rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
  • Travellers 12 or older must upload proof of vaccination using ArriveCan (available for iOS, Android or online), up to 72 hours before arrival. Travellers are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completing the full series of an accepted vaccine
  • Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Accepted Vaccines

  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Mixed doses of the above
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

Accepted Proof of Vaccination

  • Hard copy, photo or PDF file proving each vaccination
  • Enhanced proof of vaccination with QR code
  • You must use ArriveCAN, to enter your proof of vaccination, up to 72 hours before your travel. If you don't use ArriveCAN before arriving at the border the federal government won't consider you a fully vaccinated traveller, even if you meet all the other requirements.

More Information
Canada Border Services
Peace Bridge Crossing