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United States to open land border to Canadians on November 8

To the point After 20 months of closure, the US authorities will open their land borders to non-essential travel on 08 November.

Open borders

*** Update 15 October 2021: Confirmed date of border opening

*** Update #2 as of November 17, 2021: For a stay of 72 hours or less and PCR test

All Canadians wishing to take a non-essential trip will need to be double vaccinated. Whether they arrive by car, train or boat, they will be able to come to the United States. This will also be valid for the Mexicans.

Vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization will be accepted.

The official opening date of the borders is November 08, 2021.


No test required

*** Updated November 17, 2021

No testing and proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required to enter the United States by land.

At customs, U.S. agents will question visitors as usual. Proof of vaccination will then be requested if necessary, at the discretion of the officers.

However, to return to Canada, a PCR test is still required. However, as of November 21, 2021, it looks like you won’t need one for stays under 72 hours. Several media outlets are reporting that the Government of Canada is about to make the announcement.

Note that you can go to a Walgreens or CVS pharmacy and choose the Rapid ID NOW test. This test is free of charge at several pharmacies (please inquire about each one beforehand).

Entry to the United States for children 12 years and under

However, nothing is confirmed at this level by the American authorities.

The requirements for returning to Canada for travellers under 12 years of age remain the same, for now.


This is good news, especially for Snowbirds and travellers wanting to escape the cold for the Holidays.

There are still many details to be confirmed. But at least the longest land border in the world will be open! Don’t want to miss any of the developments? Subscribe to our newsletter and join our Facebook community.

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