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Reports: Canadian government to end testing requirements for travelers entering Canada

The testing requirements will end by the end of the March, said CBC News, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. Global News reported that the announcement could be made as soon as Thursday.

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Travel restrictions have been in place along the border between the United States and Canada since March, 2020. FNS file photo
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GRAND FORKS — The Canadian government is expected to announce that travelers entering the country soon will no longer be required to take a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, Canadian news organizations reported on Wednesday, March, 16.

The testing requirements will end by the end of the March, said CBC News, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. Global News reported the announcement could be made as soon as Thursday.

There are 18 international land border crossings along the 310-mile border between North Dakota and Canada, and only the crossings at Pembina, Dunseith and Portal are operating at full capacity and hours.
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At present, vaccinated travelers entering Canada are required to show proof of a negative antigen test taken within a day of crossing the border, or a negative molecular test taken within 72 hours of crossing the border. Prior to Feb. 28, travelers could only show proof of a negative molecular test.

Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism, called the move a “step in the right direction” that will make travel easier for people visiting the Northwest Angle.

“It’s welcome news for sure,” he said. “The way we’ve kind of looked at it is, for every hurdle there is for people to travel up to the Northwest Angle, you’re going to get fewer and fewer travelers. And every hurdle you take away, the number of travelers that will consider driving up will certainly go up. We think this is definitely a hurdle that's being taken away, which is going to help our area.”

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While the hurdle of testing will be taken away for travelers, he explained that requiring vaccinations at all is still a hurdle. He does not expect tourism to bounce back to pre-pandemic numbers as long as that requirement is still in place.

Travelers are currently required to upload test results, proof of vaccination, and quarantine plans to ArriveCAN, a website and mobile app designed to reduce wait times at ports of entry. CTV News is reporting that travelers will still be required to use ArriveCan.

The Canadian government will continue random arrival testing, reported CBC News.

Related Topics: U.S.-CANADIAN BORDER
Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Readers can reach Harbo at 701-780-1124 or iharbo@gfherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @ingridaharbo.
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