Travel to Canada from the United States is discouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and says that even those who are fully vaccinated could become infected and spread COVID-19 variants.
The CDC rates COVID-19 travel guides from Level 1 (low) to Level 4 (very high), and it has labeled Canada as a Level 4 hazard zone.
- Travelers should avoid all travel to Canada.
- Due to the current situation in Canada, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid any travel to Canada.
- If you are traveling to Canada, you must be fully vaccinated before traveling. All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and wash their hands.
The warning from the CDC comes right after US reps. Michelle Fischbach and Pete Stauber, both Minnesota Republicans, have called for the reopening of the Canadian border because of the impact the closure has had on Minnesota. economy.
Canada closed its border to the United States for non-important travelers in March 2020. Recently, emergency mandate rules were issued requiring anyone entering the country to be quarantined for 14 days (some exceptions), provide contact information and monitor itself for symptoms of COVID-19.
The ban on most insignificant travel to Canada from the United States is in place until April 21, though it could be extended.
The border restrictions in Minnesota and Canada are harder for people living in the northwest corner – the northernmost point in the contiguous United States, home to about 120 year-round residents and a dozen resorts. It is only accessible by road via a 40-mile drive through Manitoba, Canada and two international border crossings.
During the winter, Angle residents constructed a 30-mile ice road on Lake of the Woods to get in and out, but now that spring has arrived, the ice road no longer exists, it is actually stranded residents until the restrictions are lifted.
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How bad is COVID-19 in Canada?
Like America, it varies depending on where the outbreaks occur. According to CBC News, Ontario is expected to enter into a four-week shutdown beginning Thursday, closing all non-essential businesses ordered.
Medical officials from Toronto and Ottawa have urged provincial leaders to issue a home order, while schools in the Toronto area have switched to distance learning.
Ontario borders the United States from Minnesota, east across the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley. The other Canadian province bordering Minnesota is Manitoba, where health officials are concerned that a variant-driven third wave is being driven by gatherings over the Easter weekend.
Meanwhile, a variant-driven peak is also occurring in Canada’s westernmost province, British Columbia, where variants B.1.1.7 and P.1 are leading to rising case levels. Both variants are more contagious and capable of causing more serious illness.
B.1.1.7 is now the dominant tribe in Minnesota, which was also the first state in the United States to use genomic sequencing to confirm a case of P.1. As of last week, the state health department had only confirmed three cases of P.1 in Minnesota.
What is important trip to Canada?
The following qualifies as significant voyages under Canada’s order:
- Work-related travel. A cross-border worker must cross the border regularly to go to their normal job and demonstrate a regular travel pattern that is generally defined as daily or weekly.
- Trade and commerce including truck drivers
- Medical purposes such as shopping for essential goods such as medicines or goods necessary to maintain the health and safety of a person or family
- Emergency preparedness and public health purposes
- Cross-border trade
- Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations
- Alaskans may travel through Canada to return to their home in Alaska. They must be ready to present a convincing case, so bring documentation such as. Passports, Alaska driver’s licenses, electricity bills, etc. They are also asked to limit stops along the way.