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Getting into Canada
Our customers (not hunters, eco-tourists) are reporting slow customs when on their international flights. Allow ample time to clear customs. Hours is not uncommon. But overall, no issues.
Just to recap: You'll need to test prior to coming to Canada. Randomized testing does take place in the airport, but there isn't mandatory testing on our side. You then go about your merry way. You will need to arrange to be tested before returning to the US.
In order to circumvent delays, we have had customers flying to Fargo, then renting a vehicle and driving across to Winnipeg. Land border crossings have been fast and hassle-free. Might be another option for you if you want to remove variability from your travels especially if you find a more "small town" crossing. I have no idea what crossings over by Toronto or Vancouver are like with big cities on either side.
According to their site and have all vaccinations for Covid, not just a test.
Thanks Adam, this entire nightmare needs to end and soon.
Sorry, the underlining assumption is that you are double vaccinated, yes.
I just returned from Ontario, crossed by vehicle in the soo. Never had a quicker crossing. I feel for all the businesses relying on tourists, as they haven't returned yet. There was 1 car on my way back into the states where normally it's hundreds and an hour or more wait. Driving is the way to do it right now in my opinion. No tests returning to the states and no wait times
^....Good first-hand border intel.
The border may be open, but now the problem is fear, uncertainty and doubt. I am scheduled to hunt with Rob in October, but my group got cold feet - fearing they could get stuck in Canada, or the goal-post may be moved last minute - after they booked flights. I'm in, unless Rob needs to push me into another week where my work schedule will screw that up. One big cluster-F.
We had our first hunter get through the land border and it was easy, 5 minutes since he had done everything correctly but the border agent said 80-80% of people aren’t doing it correctly and they are being delayed. As long people are vaccinated and have the correct Covid test they are helping them fill in the paperwork and getting them through, they aren’t just turning them away. So that’s great!
Thanks for the updates, flying up in couple weeks. Hopefully I have all my ducks in a row
I will be driving in October heading to Alberta. I scheduled my PCR test yesterday with my doctor but will leave soon after in order to make the 72 hour window while I wait for the results. Does anyone know if customs will accept the test results off a phone or does it have to be a hard copy? I told my doctors office to email me my results so I could get on the road rather than wait around a day for a hard copy.
Your going to have to upload it to your portal anyway so I don’t think it’s an issue
The results of the test do not get uploaded to the arrive can app. Only your passport and proof of vaccination are uploaded. I have crossed with paper copies (twice) but I believe they will accept the digital copy on your phone.
We sat on the plane for 3 1/2hrs waiting for customs Once off customs was a breeze to get into Canada Most flights I had were delayed so needed extra time for sure
We crossed at the soo last week took 5- minutes very easy crossing.
I just got back from Ontario. No lines in either direction. Super quick and easy if you have ArriveCAN done right. The lack of traffic was alarming for sure. Weird being in mask mandated areas again. You have to wear a face diaper everywhere indoors still in Ontario. The Canada border agent asked us to put on our masks in our truck. The US border agent just chuckled when I asked him if we should put our masks on.
So if your vaccination card is a hardcopy you just take a photograph of that to load it into the arrival Canada app or what
Easy as getting into the US from Mexico... :-)
So what are people using for a quarantine plan? My fishing outfitter would not let me use their lodge for this and said others used a Motel
My outfitter wrote a quarantine plan and emailed it to all his clients
Our fishing resort owner wrote the quarantine plan also and emailed it to everyone. I scanned our vaccination cards and uploaded them to the app. I also printed a copy and gave it to the agent as part of the hard copy documents. The agent spent little time with the hard copies and then handed them all back to us.
Drove through the Fort Frances (Ontario) crossing yesterday (8/29). I had all the paper work, covid test (Molecular type within 72 hours), Vaccination certificate, ArriveCan receipt, and the usual passport . Officer looked the paper stuff over, had no comments, and then proceeded to do a rather through job of questioning me regarding firearms. I'm on an archery bear hunt so no firearms but he really probed the subject especially asking about handguns. His final question was did I own a handgun. I answered yes. He then quickly asked where it was. I said at home in a safe at which point he waved me through. Whole episode was maybe 5 minutes. There were two vehicles ahead of me when I arrived and I would guess they took about the same amount of time.
^.....I suspect that border agent was feeling you out to see if your reactions and facial expressions were suspicious. I had a border agent ask me why my truck had two license plates (front vanity plate and back required plate). Both were Michigan plates and this was on the Michigan side. I know they do that to observe suspicious reactions.
I went into Canada for bear camp at Fort Francis last week. Took the same amount of time as normal (5 minutes) and got the same questions as normal about firearms. Coming back they had someone from US Fish and Wildlife inspect my bear. This was the first time in 6 trips some actually looked at it, normal the boarder agent just check my export tag. In Canada everything also went very easy, just know you have to wear a mask to go into any business. People were all nice like usual, everything was open, nothing for anyone to worry about. Just go and have a good time.
Has anyone successfully driven across the border with a rapid molecular test from CVS or Walgreens. I’m worried about being able to get the pcr test in time. Nomone will guarantee the pcr test results in time.
That is the whole issue. It’s the one wildcard. Do you leave home without it and if you miss the window you have start from scratch with a whole new test and 72 hour wait to cross window
No issue getting across it you have the results. That is noy the point.
I am heading into Canada on the 27th. I plan to get two tests one at Walgreens at noon on the 24th which will be good until noon on the 27th and then one at Convenient Md, which is about 80 miles away and costs $175 but they have very good results at 48 hours so I plan to get this at 8:00 on the 25th. This gives me some redundancy and extra cost but I have some confidence that I will have at least one result when I cross
i called three walgreens that are listed as doing the ID-NOW test and they said it is basically an anitgen test not a PCR. I thought it was a stronger test that may take place of pure PCR, but that is not what the testing places are saying.
Some friends just drove to Alberta and had gotten their PCR test at a CVS. Their results came back in about 36 hours.
ID Now is a molecular test. I had 7 friends get across 2 weeks ago that all used it from Walgreens
good to know about ID NOW any other official validation on that aside from these internet chat room posts?
Abbott's (ID now manufacturer) web site states that it detects nucleac acid from the Sars CoV 2 virus.
Can anyone tell me if Canada requires a QR code on the test results?