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Travel restrictions to Canada remain in place for August long weekend

Ottawa – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is reminding all travellers ahead of the upcoming August 3, 2020, Civic Holiday and long weekend, travel restrictions are still in place at all Canadian international border crossings.

These measures remain in place until at least August 21, 2020, at 11:59 pm EDT and may be extended.

The Government of Canada remains committed to protecting the health and safety of Canadians and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

All travel of an optional or discretionary nature, including tourism, recreation and entertainment, is covered by these measures across all ports of entry in all modes of transportation – land, marine, air and rail.

With the travel restrictions still in place, foreign nationals, including United States (U.S.) citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada for any of the following examples of discretionary travel:

opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home
sightseeing and hiking
boating across the border
fishing or hunting
visiting friends or partners (outside of spouses or common-law)
attending a party or celebration
picking up a pet
Asymptomatic immediate family members, spouses or common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who meet the immediate family member definition and are coming to Canada for a minimum of 15 days will be exempt from the prohibition from entering Canada for a discretionary purpose. Read more information about foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Unless exempt, boaters cannot currently enter Canadian waters (territorial sea and internal waters) or boundary waters for discretionary reasons. These reasons include: touring, sightseeing and pleasure fishing. Read more Information for foreign boaters.

The CBSA has temporarily suspended or reduced service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry, ferry terminals and to the Remote Area Border Crossing program. Travellers should review the list of CBSA locations that remain open during this temporary service suspension.

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