Some spent up to 8 hours online at the Canadian border yesterday

For the first time since March 2020, Americans are allowed to cross the Canadian border. Of course, Americans will only be allowed in if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and a few other things to admit to Canada (more on that below). But so many Americans were thrilled to return to Canada that the queue at the International Fall, Minnesota, Fort Frances, Ontario border crossing point lasted up to 8 hours in some places, according to the Duluth. News Tribune!

I can certainly understand why a lot of people would be eager to come back to Canada. Many Minnesotans have cabins in Canada, now the Minnesotans on Angle Inlet no longer feel so trapped and can cross into Canada, and some have family in Canada they haven’t seen for almost a year and half. But would you stand in line for 8 hours ?! For the family I haven’t seen since March 2020 I would, but for a vacation I might just wait a week or two for everything to calm down before I leave. But that’s just my opinion.

However, other border crossings were not as busy as International Falls. Bring Me the News writes that on Monday other border crossings, such as the Roseau-South Junction border post, had only waited about 40 minutes.

What does it take to enter Canada?

If you are planning to travel to Canada soon, be sure to check all that is required to enter the country. According to the Canadian government website, here is what is required right now:

1) be fully vaccinated: To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveler must have received the full series of a vaccine – or a combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. Currently, these vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca / COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

2) reside and travel in the United States;

3) have a valid COVID-19 molecular test result prior to arrival in the United States (antigen testing is not accepted);

4) be asymptomatic;

5) submit their mandatory information via ArriveCAN, including proof of vaccination in English or French;

6) be eligible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and,

7) test on arrival, if necessary.

You can also consult the current waiting time to pass the various border crossing points HERE.

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