This post may contain affiliate links or mention our own products, please check out our disclosure policy.

New Restrictions In Effect For Travel To Canada

Published on August 1st, 2020 by Lynne Fedorick

Covid 19: New Restrictions for Travel to Canada

New Restrictions In Effect For Travel To Canada

New travel restrictions for foreign nationals to Canada were announced by the Canadian government on July 30 that close the “on the way to Alaska” loophole. The new travel restrictions to Canada were introduced as a new measure after American tourists claimed they were traveling to Alaska but wound up on vacation at Canada’s tourist destinations.

The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

Sign up for the newsletter today!

Please enter a valid email address.

An error occurred. Please try again later.

× logo

Thank you for subscribing to the Camper Report newsletter, keep your eye on your inbox for updates.

Canadian Border Services Agency, July 30, 2020

What do Canada travel restrictions mean for US nationals?

Canada’s new travel restrictions mean that you can only currently travel through Canada to Alaska if your primary residence is there, or if you are going there for work. It also restricts entry points to 5 border crossings. The new rules were brought into place to reduce the introduction of new cases of the virus and to minimize the amount of time travelers can spend in Canada.

Restricted ports of entry

US Nationals traveling to Alaska will be restricted to crossing the border into Canada at these ports of entry:

  • Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia)
  • Coutts (Alberta)
  • Kingsgate (British Columbia)
  • North Portal (Saskatchewan)
  • Osoyoos (British Columbia)

Other travel restrictions

In addition, travelers from the US:

  • Will be allowed a reasonable period of stay to carry out the transit
  • Will be limited to travel within Canada using the most direct route from the point of entry to the intended point of exit, while avoiding all national parks, leisure sites, and tourism activities
  • Will be required, before entering the U.S., to report to the nearest CBSA POE to confirm their exit from Canada.

Vehicle hang tags

Travelers from the US will be issued a vehicle “hang tag” to be attached to their rearview mirror for the duration of their trip to or from Alaska to ensure the are following the rules while they are in Canada. The front of the tag will make it clear that the travelers are just passing through and include the date they have to leave Canada.

Travelers coming from Alaska won’t be restricted to specific entry points to Canada.

Upon arrival at one of the designated POE, travelers must satisfy a Border Services Officer that they meet the requirements for entry into Canada. Travelers should have documentation that will demonstrate the purpose of their travel through Canada. The decision whether to allow travelers to cross into Canada is made solely by the Border Services Officer.

Travelers through Canada will be given a handout that gives details of the rules for traveling through Canada.

Travelers will be turned away at the border if:

  • They can’t prove they are traveling to Alaska
  • Are showing symptoms of the virus
  • They lie to the border services officers (lying to a Border Services Officer can result in a lifetime ban from Canada)

Serious penalties for non-compliance

  • Up to $750,000 in fines, and/or imprisonment of up to 6 months.
  •  If a traveler causes a risk of death or bodily harm to another person by not complying with Canada’s Quarantine Act, they can face up to $1,000,000 in fines, and/or imprisonment of up to 3 years.

Alaska also faces current travel restrictions. Read more in this RV LIFE article.

About the Author:

Support Camper Report

Camper Report is run by RVers who share the most up-to-date and valuable content on camping and RVing every week. We couldn’t do it without the support of our readers just like you.

You can help support the efforts of Camper Report by becoming an RV LIFE Pro subscriber, which gives you access to:

  • RV LIFE App, an RV Safe GPS™ with voice- and lane guidance, even offline.
  • RV LIFE Trip Wizard, a visual RV trip planner with custom RV-safe routes and a comprehensive directory of RV parks, resorts, and campgrounds.
  • RV LIFE Maintenance, a cloud-based service that tracks your RV maintenance and provides reminders, reports, and related documentation.
  • RV LIFE Masterclass, an online educational platform where RV experts share tips and advice on everything you need to know about RVing.

If you value our site and want to see us continue to grow, please consider supporting us by becoming an RV LIFE Pro subscriber today.

Leave a Comment