ArriveCAN no longer needed for commercial drivers to enter Canada
Canada has just released the news that the Government of Canada will be removing all COVID-19 border measures. The announcement stated that as of October 1, 2022, visitors and residents returning to Canada will no longer need to submit their details through the ArriveCAN app whether travelling by land, sea, or air.
ArriveCAN is the app that was used to upload health documents such as proof of vaccination for approval for entry into Canada. Uploading these documents will now be optional.
Canada drops COVID-19 border restrictions as of October 1, 2022.
Commercial Drivers will no longer need use ArriveCAN app
This means that travelers, including commercial truck drivers, will no longer need to submit health information though the ArriveCAN app/website. Proof of vaccination or negative test will also no longer be needed to enter Canada.
Canada will also be dropping pre and on arrival testing. When entering Canada, you will no longer need to carry out COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation or monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 after arriving.
United States keeps COVID-19 restrictions in place.
There has been no further information from the United States government if they plan to change their border crossing procedures regarding COVID-19 protocols. Law officials have appealed to the Biden administration to remove the restrictions at the U.S. border, but nothing has come of that yet.
We will let you know when any information is released. In the meantime, at least the trip one way has gotten a little bit easier!
The decision to lift all measures comes from data that shows that the latest variants (BA.4 and BA.5) have largely come past their peaks. Along with high vaccination rates, booster availability, and lower hospital and death rates have indicated that we are finally at a point that is prudent to remove all measures.
That being said, of course it is still being advised that if you have symptoms, you should self-isolate, or test (if available) to prevent spread.
Mask wearing is now optional, even if travelling by air, but Canadian health officials are still encouraging everyone to wear a well-fitting mask when in public or close contact settings.
Don’t throw away all your masks yet though, the Canadian government has stated if a new variant threatens, they will look at reintroducing measures at that time. And if travelling from Canada to the U.S. you will still need to provide proof of vaccination and will need to look up local masking mandates based on where you are headed.
Canada is following other countries such as the United Kingdom, France, and Denmark (to name a few) who have dropped their restrictions over the past 6 months.