WAMC: North Country officials praise Canada’s plan to change border crossing requirements

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By Pat Bradley

Officials in the North Country and New York are praising Canada’s decision to remove requirements citizens traveling out of the country on short trips must produce a negative COVID test within 72 hours of their return to Canada.

Canada opened its land border to vaccinated travelers on August 9th but all travelers must prove they have been vaccinated and must provide a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arriving at the border.

On Friday afternoon Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos officially announced that policy will change.

“As November 30th, 2021 fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act who take short trips outside of the country for 72 hours or less will no longer be required to complete a molecular COVID-19 test before re-entering Canada. This change will apply to trips both by land and by air,” said Duclos. “I would also like to note that we will be reevaluating the entry requirements for American citizens coming to Canada and will provide an update on any adjustments at a later date.”

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