Remote Area Border Crossings Set To Reopen

NOTO has been advised by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that the Remote Area Border Crossings are set to reopen effective July 8th, 2022. In order to meet the Public Health Agency of Canada’s requirements, new program conditions are being introduced. This includes the following:


  • NEW – All persons enrolled in RABC with the exception of children under the age of 5, medically-contraindicated travellers, and habitual residents of the Northwest Angle (NWA) who are already exempt from public health measures, are required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be submitted at the time of application.
  • NEW – All members will be required to complete an ArriveCAN submission for each trip.
  • NEW – Permit holders are not eligible to enter Canada if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The permit fee will remain at $30 CAD. The fee includes the principal applicant plus qualifying family members.


RABC permits are valid only for the remote areas listed below:

  • from Pigeon River through to and including Lake of the Woods
  • the Canadian shore of Lake Superior
  • Cockburn Island
  • Sault Ste. Marie (upper lock system)
  • Northwest Angle Area


To become a RABC permit holder, all applicants will need to submit an application to the CBSA, including proof of vaccination or medical contraindication. Please expect that there will be delays in processing applications.


Should the definition of fully vaccinated change, permit holders would be required to resubmit their new proof of vaccination, and upload it to ArriveCAN. Permit holders must remain aware of and compliant with current reporting and entry requirements, as they are subject to change. For more information, visit CBSA’s website.


Note: This does not include the remote Sand Point Lake port of entry. We have confirmed with CBSA that at this point, they are unable to resume operations at the Sandpoint POE. They are waiting for the water to recede and for an assessment of our office and docks.

View notice from CBSA