Canada means business when it comes to people who try to cross into their country from the United States.
Canada has made it very clear for nearly a year now that Americans are not wanted. No one can cross into Canada on non essential travel.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it even more clear by announcing further restrictions at its land borders.
Starting February 15, anyone arriving in Canada by land must show a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before seeking entry to the country.
Nonessential travelers that cross into Canada at a land border without a negative test could be fined up to 3,000 Canadian dollars ($2,362).
“You can’t prevent someone who’s standing at a land border crossing from entering Canada because technically they’re already on Canadian soil when they’re speaking to that customs officer,” Trudeau said at a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.
“That’s why what we can do is in cases of no test to show apply a stiff penalty, a fine and demand and ensure a rapid and complete follow-up to make sure that they are getting tested, that they are being properly quarantined, that they are not putting at risk the safety of other Canadians by returning home without a clear, negative test,” he said.
Essentially, if you even attempt to cross into Canada you had better already have a negative test result with you. If you do not, you will not only not get into Canada, but you will get hit with a very large fine just for trying.
So, for all of you thinking things will be alright in a few months, think again. Until testing, mass quarantine, and vaccination passports are available, the Canadian border is going to be open for non essential travel.
Joseph Kolodziej – Adviser