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Canada lifts COVID border rules: What to expect when traveling

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  • Hayley Jones 

The Canadian government says its tossing COVID border restrictions on Saturday, October 1.

Travelers will no longer need to provide proof of vaccination to enter Canada, nor will they be required to wear masks on planes or trains.

Testing, quarantine and isolation requirements will also end on Oct. 1.

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What does it mean for New Yorkers crossing the border?

Canada is dropping entry requirements for all travelers entering Canada, regardless of where they’re from.

On Oct. 1, travelers to Canada will no longer have to:

  • Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
  • Provide proof of vaccination;
  • Undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
  • Carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
  • Monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.

For New Yorkers, the lifting of COVID rules means day trips to our northern neighbor are finally a reality again.

Previously, visitors to Canada would have to upload their proof of vaccination to the ArriveCAN app at least 72 hours prior to entering the country.

Now, travelers won’t have to submit any information through the app.

The Canadian government says the decision was made in light of the nation’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, as well as the availability and use of vaccine boosters, rapid tests and treatments for COVID-19.

Related: Is proof of vaccination still required to cross the U.S.-Canada border?