By Jensen, Randy on April 9, 2020.
Heading into the Easter and Passover long weekend – a weekend that represents for many a time to be with family and friends – the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding everyone that #NowIsNotTheTime for social gatherings.
Restrictions are in place on all non-essential travel for foreign nationals, including United States citizens and residents, and Canadians who are planning to cross the border.
The Governments of Canada and the United States implemented restrictions on March 21 for all non-essential travel along the Canada-U.S. border in response to the spread of COVID-19. This means travel across the border of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism and recreation, is not permitted while these restrictions remain in place.
Before you leave home, the CBSA advises you will be returned to the U.S. if you attempt to come to Canada for any of the following examples of non-essential travel:
– Visiting family, friends or a girlfriend, boyfriend or fiancŽ(e);
– Attending a party or celebration;
– Going to a restaurant for takeout;
– Driving in transit for the purpose of taking a shortcut through Canada to get to a U.S. destination faster;
– Fishing or hunting; and
– Opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home.
Canadians are reminded if they return to Canada from any foreign destination, that they must quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days, which means no social gatherings or shopping upon return.
The CBSA is committed to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Canada and reminds travellers that now is not the time to travel for non-essential purposes.