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Canadian RVers still blocked from crossing U.S. border

Canadians eagerly awaiting the green flag to start their exodus across the U.S./Canadian border still don’t know when – or how – they will be allowed to travel south.

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens have been able to travel to Canada for non-essential purposes for more than a month now. But the American side of the border remains closed to Canadians wanting to enter the U.S.

The White House announced Monday (Sept. 20) that most adult foreign nationals will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel to the U.S. But it still isn’t clear if, or when, Canadian citizens will be allowed to travel across the border. The prohibition on non-essential travel from Canada has been extended until at least October 21, according to a White House official.

It also isn’t clear if the U.S. will allow Canadians who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – which has not been approved for use in the U.S – into the country.

New York Congressman Brian Higgins, one of the most vocal critics of travel restrictions with Canada, said it’s long past time the U.S. began allowing recreational visits from Canada.

“It is welcome news that the White House is making progress on reciprocating international public health measures to protect air travelers,” Higgins said in a statement.

“Yet it is inexplicable that no announcement on easing travel restrictions at land ports of entry is being made today since the livelihoods of communities across the northern border depend on cross-border commerce.”

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Tommy Molnar
24 days ago

This is just nuts! Thousands and thousands stream across the southern border from who knows where, afflicted with who knows what, and they get shipped all over the country. Meantime, our Canadian friends are STUCK up there for who knows why. Is this upside down or what?

Carseg
22 days ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

My thoughts exactly!!! Canadians support the RV parks in the South West during winter months. Those coming across the southern border only cost the government. All they contribute is disease and crime.

Tony
26 days ago

We just spent six days traveling into central Canada and headed east towards Vermont. We found Canada’s mask and safety protocols much stricter than any in the U.S. that we have encountered. The Canadians seem to be taking Vaccinations, masking and social distancing much more serious than their neighbors to the south.

Going into Canada at Sault Ste. Marie was a bit tricky as we didn’t find out that we had to have a negative COVID test that was less than 72 hours old before crossing the border until we did our online registration, within 72 hours of crossing the border. Without an advance appointment, getting an instantaneous test was impossible. Fortunately we found a health clinic an hour away that did 24 hour test results. So, do your homework before heading into Canada and be sure you have been fully vaccinated and able to prove it.

During our stay, we noticed almost no RVs from the U.S. in one Ontario Provincial Park, every RV but ours was from Ontario.

Daniel Orders
26 days ago

This is stupid. But they just let the flood come across the southern and ship them all over the country.

Drew
26 days ago
Reply to  Daniel Orders

Biden/Harris: “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Joe
26 days ago
Reply to  Daniel Orders

👍👍👍👍👍

Mark Olsen
26 days ago

The Canadians should just fly to Haiti then migrate to South America and finally just walk across our southern border with everyone else. No problem!

Joe Malvasi
26 days ago

Wonder how many people that are streaming across our southern boarder are fully vaccinated. What a joke not allowing Canadians to enter the US.

Ron
26 days ago
Reply to  Joe Malvasi

Seems odd that Canadians cannot drive to the USA,however no problem with flying down,

Mary K Dyson
23 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Exactly Ron,
Makes absolutely no sense. We spend up to five months in Southern California in our RV. Lots of business for the locals. Gave up last year for covid but now we’re making complicated arrangements for our dogs and ourselves and our jeep to cross the border. Crazy expensive. Makes no sense. Mary

Ronald Payne
23 days ago
Reply to  Mary K Dyson

Hope it works out for you Mary.