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Canuck Travellers

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Posted: 03/09/22 05:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seeing that soon there will be a swell of Canadian Snowbirds heading home and seeing the protocol at the border is a requirement of a certified Rapid Test (Antigen) test not more than 24 hours prior to crossing has anyone crossed yet or know of anyone crossing?

Anyone have any more info on this like did they or do they know of anyone crossing, where did they get the test, costs, was it certified, was there any problem at the border showing the Border personnel the test and acceptance.

Really appreciate any info, thanks....

* This post was edited 03/12/22 12:56pm by Canuck Travellers *


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Posted: 03/09/22 05:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did this last week. The test has to be done the day before you cross the border, so we did it in Oregon at a shopping mall. Cost was $129 US each, and results were emailed to us within half an hour.
Easy peasy. FYI, the border patrol person did not ask to see the ArriveCan app at all. She just wanted to see the emailed results of our Covid test, and our passports. Far less involved than I had anticipated. Shortest border return ever.

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Posted: 03/09/22 05:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, that was fast, thanks for the very helpful information!

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I sure hope they do away with that requirement. A lot of useless nonsense . If you are triple vaxxed why must one be tested? If you travel to Alberta areas where there are so many unvaccinated people do you need a test before returning to your home province? If you travel to Winkler, mb where maybe 50 % of the people are unvaxxed do you need a test before heading back to Winnipeg?

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Posted: 03/10/22 07:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

moisheh given how long the barn door has been open I see little point in the testing.

I would not skip the arivcan app. I have one phone that is older and will not run it. How brilliant of the designers.

And what about folks with no phone???


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That test also discourages cross border shoppers. Both ways. Lots of Canadians have a mail box service in the USA. They retrieve parcels. Now you have to add the cost of a test. Crazy. I cold give a reason for that test but it would be political. American tourists will have to have a test for the whole family. Not only a PIA it is costly.

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Posted: 03/10/22 11:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Moisheh wrote:

That test also discourages cross border shoppers. Both ways. Lots of Canadians have a mail box service in the USA. They retrieve parcels. Now you have to add the cost of a test. Crazy. I cold give a reason for that test but it would be political. American tourists will have to have a test for the whole family. Not only a PIA it is costly.


Our friends just crossed into Canada with RV yesterday. They got $$$ antigen tests 3 hours drive before crossing, and got their results in plenty of time.

We do this too, sometime later in March. Still enjoying Florida. 86F yesterday. A few thunderstorms today, 74F.

Asking for every Canadian citizen returning by road to get any Covid lab test is ludicrous. Considering virtually every living human being on Earth in 2022 already has either natural, or vaccine induced immunity, or BOTH already. Canada may be the last country on Earth presently requiring returning fully vaxed CITIZENS to undergo (potentially) expensive Covid tests just before arriving at customs in their private vehicle(s). Senseless. Unnecessary, and in post-Omicron times, an utter waste of resources; it is throwing money out the window. Money SHOULD instead be put into genomic testing (Canada is doing virtually ZERO genomic testing for variants). Look to Denmark for sane policy at this stage in the pandemic.


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Silversand,

There are lots of places with low vaccination rates. Africa comes to mind. IIRC it is about 7% vaccination rate.

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^^^ There's no reason for it, it's just government policy ^^^

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Posted: 03/10/22 10:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have four Rapid Test Kits (two tests to a kit) left over from the Christmas holidays; can those be used instead, 24 hours before crossing the Canadian border?

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