The Canada US border remains closed to non-essential travel through August 21st 2020. This is being reviewed monthly. The closure has been renewed every month since March.
One of the categories of travelers that was permitted until now was for people in transit to Alaska through BC. This became known as the "Alaska Loophole" locally, with travelers reported to be visiting BC for tourism purposes from the US, after claiming that they were on their way to Alaska.
The new rules that came into effect today, from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are:
Arriving from the United States:
If you are a foreign national arriving from the United States, to enter Canada, you must prove to the CBSA that you:
* are travelling for a non-discretionary (essential) purpose or are only transiting or are an immediate family member
* are not presenting signs or symptoms of COVID-19
* have a plan to quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted
The Canada-U.S. temporary border restriction continues. All discretionary/optional travel remains prohibited.
Transiting through Canada to Alaska
As of July 31, 2020, at 12:01 am PDT, stricter rules and additional entry conditions are imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for a non-discretionary (essential) purpose.
You may still travel through Canada while in transit to Alaska for non-discretionary (essential) reasons. To do so, you have to enter Canada at one of the following ports of entry:
* Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia)
* Coutts (Alberta)
* Kingsgate (British Columbia)
* North Portal (Saskatchewan)
* Osoyoos (British Columbia)
As well as:
* be imposed a reasonable period of stay to carry out your transit
* be required to take the most direct route to your destination and not stop for any leisure or tourism activities including visiting national parks
* be required to report to the nearest CBSA port of entry to confirm your exit from Canada before entering the United States
The CBSA will issue you a vehicle "hang tag" to attach to your rear view mirror for the duration of our transit. The tag will include the date you must depart Canada as well as information on the conditions imposed upon entry, the Quarantine and Emergencies Acts and a list of public health and safety measures to follow.
You may only make essential stops along the way, including to use facilities, refuel or for essential supplies.
You must follow all requirements outlined in the Public Health Agency of Canada handout that you received when admitted into Canada. You must practice social distancing and wear a non-medical mask or face covering when you are entering Canada and while in transit to your place of departure from Canada, unless you are alone (or with family members) in a private vehicle.
More details here: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services...diens-eng.html