April 1, 2022

As we enter our third April under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Mask mandates have been lifted in schools and public buildings, and it is expected that the mask mandate for public transit will soon end. And, for Americans traveling to Canada, the biggest change comes today as the Canadian government has removed its pre-travel testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada.

Effective April 1 at midnight, all fully vaccinated travelers were once again allowed to enter Canada without having to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

While this primarily eases the hassles associated with cross-border travel, it also signals what is expected to be an uptick in business associated with Americans traveling freely to and from Canada.

We represent a number of clients with operations impacted by the reduction in cross-border travel. Border businesses including restaurants, hotels and retail establishments should all see an uptick in business as many Americans unwilling to go through the extra step of pre-travel testing will once again resume cross-border travel.

There are a few important things to remember if you are planning to be among those travelers returning to Canada after a two-year shutdown. Under the relaxed rules travels must still adhere to the following protocols:

  • You must provide proof that you received two doses of the vaccine (or one dose of the J&J vaccine) at least 14 days prior to your travel date.
  • Travelers may be selected at random molecular testing at the border crossing.
  • All travelers are still required to submit mandatory information in ArriveCAN before your arrival in Canada.

Click here to see if you are eligible to enter Canada.

Click here to read the full release from the Canadian government regarding the new rules.

Kevin works with Canadian businesses and individuals seeking legal counsel on matters in America including real estate transactions, employment law, cross-border  trust and estates planning, and business formation and litigation.

He can be reached at 716-854-4300 ext. 292 or [email protected]