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Old 07-31-2020, 03:37 PM   #1
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Canada US Border Changes July 31 2020

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
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Great update summary - thank you!
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Been waiting in Fort Benton, Montana for the border to open. Speaking to the locals here, Canadian tourists (used to) make up about 40% of their annual economy.
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Like it or NOT is seems reasonable to me. They're driving the bus on this one not US
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Been waiting in Fort Benton, Montana for the border to open. Speaking to the locals here, Canadian tourists (used to) make up about 40% of their annual economy.
I hope that works out. I suspect it may be a long wait. Local sentiment here is that it shouldn’t be opened before the end of the year at the earliest, and then not wide open but in stages, but it is a federal government decision.

We don’t have any trips south planned in the next year.
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Convincing young people to wear masks, wash hands, stand 6 meters apart will be a pass/fail on reopening the border to Canada.

(Shut up Paula, do not belabor the obvious)
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Every other country can see that the US has no effective national strategy for managing the Corona virus. (I’m not saying it’s anyone’s fault. No, no, no. That would be political, and I’m just being observational, not political. It’s what it is. It’s what it’s going to be for a long time, until, you know, whatever.). As a result, we’re prisoners in our own country. But hey, we’re the greatest!
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I wonder how the Canadian Snowbirds will cope if they are not allowed to enter the US and head to the Sunbelt states come December January etc.
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" stand 6 meters apart"?
Did you mean to say 6 Feet apart? 6 Meters would be nearly 25 feet.
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I wonder how the Canadian Snowbirds will cope if they are not allowed to enter the US and head to the Sunbelt states come December January etc.
Each country has so much to offer the other . Let's hope for something good to come out of this .
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Been waiting in Fort Benton, Montana for the border to open. Speaking to the locals here, Canadian tourists (used to) make up about 40% of their annual economy.
Three days ago, Nova Scotia held a press conference in which they announced that the government is now forecasting an $853 million budget deficit for the '20-'21 fiscal year. That's just for provincial revenue - that doesn't account for private losses or local municipal shortfalls, or federal deficits. And that's from a financially-responsible government that was on track for a small budget surplus prior to the pandemic.

Less than one million people live in Nova Scotia - we are talking about a bottomless pit of debt being incurred by a tiny population. And that's not the whole deficit for the entire fiscal year, which doesn't end until March 31. It's still growing.

Everyone agrees that the whole thing is utterly unsustainable. It is *beyond* unsustainable. I'm not talking politics here - this speaks to the issue of an evolving situation for the border and for travel. They have to figure out how to get things moving again in a responsible manner.
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Convincing young people to wear masks, wash hands, stand 6 meters apart will be a pass/fail on reopening the border to Canada.

(Shut up Paula, do not belabor the obvious)
I am a 76 year old young person.
To wash your hands and not touching your face is as elementary as it comes. Been doing it most of my adult life.
As to wearing mask and standing 6' apart is concerned it accomplishes nothing and is a purely political behavior control of the population.
All the while tanking the Canadian Economy as well as ours.
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Once again . . . delusional IMO.

Other threads have been closed/deleted for constant Mask/No mask debates. Could we please avoid having this thread also closed?

Red triangle at lower left, here we come.
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nice......

great post, thx
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Once again . . . delusional IMO.

Other threads have been closed/deleted for constant Mask/No mask debates. Could we please avoid having this thread also closed?
Too late.

Folks this another thread closed, sadly as posters seem unable to meet the basic rules set out for discussions here. You can read about there here: https://www.airforums.com/forums/f54...me-206566.html

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As to wearing mask and standing 6' apart is concerned it accomplishes nothing and is a purely political behavior control of the population.
All the while tanking the Canadian Economy as well as ours.
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