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Resuming travel to the United States: what you need to know

Good news! The Canadian government has removed the requirement for pre-entry screening tests for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 1, 2022. This easing of measures at border crossings is welcomed not only by the travel industry, but also by all travelers who have long dreamed of returning to or visiting our neighbors to the south for the first time. However, there are certain guidelines that must be followed to help the trip go smoothly and to return home without worries. Here are a few points:

While we do not require negative COVID-19 tests to board our coaches, we ask that you stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days prior to departure. We recommend that you purchase Blue Cross travel insurance, which covers COVID-19 costs as of March 30, 2022: 

Expenses related to COVID-19 and its variants are covered under the same conditions as any other event. This provision is applicable to all policies with Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption coverage in effect on or after March 30, 2022.

The new COVID-19 Pandemic Delayed Return Expense benefit is included with Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption coverage for all policies issued on or after March 30, 2022. The benefit provides coverage for certain expenses if your clients were to delay their return due to a positive COVID-19 test or contact tracing.

Out-of-country emergency medical care related to COVID-19 is covered, as long as there are no symptoms prior to departure. You can find a copy of the Proof of Coverage for Emergency Medical Care in the “Handy Documents” section. 

You can contact us to add Blue Cross Travel Insurance to your package for peace of mind.

Transport Canada requires face coverings for all bus travel. Make sure you have a few for spares.

Vaccination is mandatory for entry into the United States and return to Canada. Two doses are required. You can find travel documents in the VaxiCode app. 

No screening test is required for entry into the United States by land.

As of April 1, 2022, no screening test is required upon return to Canada for fully vaccinated travelers, unless randomly imposed at customs. However, no quarantine is required pending the result.

Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers over 5 years of age must always present one of the following accepted proofs of COVID-19 test results before entering Canada

Proof of a negative result from a valid antigen detection test (rapid test) administered or observed by an accredited laboratory or test provider outside of Canada. The test must be completed within 24 hours prior to return.

Proof of a negative result to a valid molecular test (PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure time. 

A previous positive molecular (PCR) test result taken at least 10 days, but not more than 180 days prior to departure time.

If your children are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, make sure they meet the above requirements before you return home. You can get a quick lab test in New York by making an appointment 24 hours before your return. Here is a lab near Times Square that does COVID-19 testing for travel by appointment. 

It is imperative that you enter your mandatory travel information into the ArriveCAN application prior to your return to Canada or you may be subject to mandatory testing and quarantine, regardless of your vaccination status.

We recommend that you carefully read the latest written communiqué regarding entry requirements to Canada prior to your departure for the United States.

For the respect and safety of all passengers, it is the traveler’s responsibility to meet the requirements for entry into Canada and the United States. We thank you for your cooperation.

We wish you a safe trip!

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