Canada relaunches remote border crossing permit, with COVID-19 restrictions – Reuters


OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canada Border Services Agency announced Wednesday that it will resume the Remote Border Crossing Program, which is available to non-residents to enter Canada in remote areas in parts of northeastern western Ontario and southeastern Manitoba.

The permits, which had been suspended for more than two years due to COVID-19 border restrictions, are good for remote crossings along the Minnesota/Ontario border from the Pigeon River to Lake of the Woods; the Canadian side of Lake Superior; the northwest corner; Cockburn Island; and the upper lock system at Sault Ste. Married. This includes travel between the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park.

To obtain a permit, individuals will need to submit an application to the agency, including proof of vaccination or medical contraindication.

Canada Border Services Agency officials said they expect a lot of interest in the program and processing applications may take longer than usual.

All persons over the age of 5 using permits, except residents of the Northwest Corner of Minnesota, must show proof of COVID vaccination. And all applicants will be required to use the Arrive Can app or website to document their travel before entering Canada.

Permit holders cannot use their permit to enter Canada if they have tested positive for COVID in the past 10 days or are showing symptoms of COVID.

Permits issued in 2022 will be valid until December 31, 2023. Permits issued from 2023 will be valid for one year.

For more information, visit or call 800-461-9999.


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