Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced that Canada is dropping the testing requirement for Canadians returning from travel to the United States for less than 72 hours. The United States does not have this requirement for entry across the land border.
“I am proud to announce Canada is beginning to ease its testing requirement for Northern Border travel following my advocacy,” Stefanik said. “While this action does not achieve full parity for cross-border travel, today’s news is a step in the right direction. Now, our Canadian friends will be able to travel more easily, which is good news for North Country families, tourism, and our border communities. I will continue to advocate to remove the remaining burdens, including the testing requirement for American travelers seeking to enter Canada, until we achieve full normalcy.”
This measure goes into effect on November 30, 2021.
On November 8, the Northern Border reopened to vaccinated land travelers after more than 19 months of closure. Since then, Stefanik has been advocating for a smooth reopening and working to remove additional burdens to help achieve parity on cross border travel.
This month, Stefanik wrote the Canadian Minister of Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Public Safety to drop Canada’s COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated individuals entering from the United States.
On Wednesday, Stefanik met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and encouraged Canada to drop its COVID-19 test requirement.