2022 Border Information for US Guests

As requested by a few NOTO members, we’ve put together a summary of border measures currently in effect for the forseable future in a stand-alone newsletter. 
IMPORANT NOTE: This information is accurate as of May 11th, 2022. Public health and border measures are subject to change with minimal notice. We highly recommend operators and guests stay up-to-date on border measures by regularly visiting the Federal Government’s Website and staying in touch with their local public health unit. 

Information for US Guests

Unfortunately, only those who are fully vaccinated are permitted to enter Canada at this time for leisure travel activities. While fully-vaccinated travellers no longer require a pre-entry test, travellers may still be subject to random testing. Find out if you can enter Canada HERE.
Prior to entering Canada, fully vaccinated US guests will require to meet the following:

  1. Be fully vaccinated (14 days must have passed after their 2nd dose before arriving in Canada)
  2. Have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  3. Must upload proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app 72hr prior to arriving in Canada.
  4. If selected for random testing, the individual must complete the test within 24hr of entering Canada and schedule a pick-up or drop off the test using a Purolator Drop Box location. Individuals who are randomly selected do not need the quarantine while they wait for their results.

NOTO has put together a list of Purolator Drop Box locations which include:

  • Fort Frances: Drop box located at North Air Taxi at 600 Scott Street.
  • Sault Ste. Marie: There are two drop box locations. One is located outside of the Purolator entrance at 40 Industrial a CT A. The tests must be put into the drop box; they can not be given to the staff. The second is located outside of the Station Tower at 421 Bay Street. If travellers need any assistance with locating these boxes, they can call Algoma Country toll-free at 1-800-263-2546. They’re happy to help!
  • Thunder Bay: There are two drop box locations. One is located at Brentwood Village Mall at 595 Arthur Street W. The second is located outside the Persian Man Bakery at 899 Tungsten St.
  • Rainy River: There is a drop box located at Kreger Sales & Service at 101 Atwood Ave

If you are an operator located in an area without a Purolator drop box or access to Purolator’s pick-up services, you can call Switch Health at 1-647-977-1030 and they will assist you with organizing a third-party pick up. If you are aware of any other drop box locations, please let us know and we will add them to our list.

Requirements for Children:

  • If travelling with fully vaccinated children between the ages of 5 and 12, the adults they are travelling with should upload the child’s proof of vaccination into the ArriveCAN app.
  • Children under 5 are exempt from vaccination requirements. They are also exempt from pre-entry testing, arrival testing and quarantine, without any limitations on their activities.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 aren’t required to provide a valid pre-entry test if they’re accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. They’re exempt from quarantine, however they need to wear a mask in public settings for 14 days after arrival to Canada.
  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age are subject to the 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, Day-1 and Day-8 tests, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
  • For more details on travelling with children, please click here

Other information:
Bait: In other changes, on January 1, 2022 Ontario’s Sustainable Bait Management Strategy came into effect to reduce ecological risks associated with the use and movement of bait in Ontario. CBSA plays an important role in Protecting Canada from invasive species (cbsa-asfc.gc.ca) Accordingly, personal importations of bait at ports in Northern Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie, Pigeon River, Fort Frances and Rainy River) are NOT permitted and will be refused entry.  
Importing Boats: Travellers towing or transporting boats at all border crossings in Canada must ensure that boats, trailers, vehicles and water-related equipment are free of Zebra and Quagga mussels before entering Canada. All boats and equipment must be cleared of aquatic plants, animals, mud, debris, and be drained of water and dry. When boats, trailers, vehicles, and conveyances arriving at the border are suspected to be contaminated, enforcement authorities will be notified to inspect and/or decontaminate the equipment. If decontamination is not feasible at time of importation, travellers’ equipment may be held and turned over to provincial authorities for a quarantine period, or refused entry by enforcement authorities and directed to a decontamination station in the U.S. before returning to Canada. Please view paragraphs 23-27 for more information. 
Cannabis: Don’t bring it in, Don’t take it out. Click HERE for more information.
Ban on Poultry Products: Travellers should know that, due to a highly pathogenic Avian influenza outbreak, all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, or packaged from the restricted zones in the above states are prohibited until further notice. You may not bring these items into Canada. Click here for a list of restricted zones.

Feel free to share this informational video from CBSA with your guests to help your guests prepare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGE_6DNIpbU
Individuals with questions can reach out to the Border Information Service Line

  • In Canada: 1-800-461-9999
  • Outside Canada: 1-506-636-5064

Information for US Operators: For up-to-date information on the regulations and for tips to help you plan your return to Canada, please reach out to NOTO staff.