British Columbia Sun

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

No PCR test is required for suitable British-Columbians travelling U.S. land border


Key takeaways: 

  • visitors must be vaccinated, out less than 24 hours and not attend social events.
  • Completely vaccinated British Columbians can currently journey across the U.S. land border and back without requiring a negative PCR test to return to Canada if they are travelling for shorter than 24 hours to buy or permit goods and services.

British Columbians will need no PCR tests for a brief trip to the US: 

Suitable British Columbians can now take quick shopping journeys to the United States and return home without including bringing a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test, according to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

In a Wednesday press release, CBSA stated testing will only be waived for completely vaccinated B.C. citizens who have to travel to the U.S. to access or purchase goods and who are just out of Canada for less than 24 hours.

The immunity also involves an individual with a contraindication to vaccination and unvaccinated kids under 12 years of age entering B.C. with one of their completely vaccinated parents, step-parents, guardians or tutors.

Anyone who creates social visits or attends events or functions while in the U.S. is not excused.

The judgment comes in the path of mid-November flooding that hindered supply chains and scrubbed out roadways in British Columbia.

Read more: Hefty workload, exhaustion struck pharmacists in urgency for COVID tests, vaccines

BC eligible residents wont be needed a PCR test for travelling to US for a brief trip

‘A benefit’

Brian Calder, president of the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce, received the news.

The town relies on Canadian bucks to uphold its economy floating, and 75 per cent of properties on the peninsula are Canadian-owned.

“It’s a blessing for our community,” stated Calder, counting Point Roberts citizens are very COVID-aware. Source –

“We’re a very, very safe community and we are reliable,” he stated. Source –

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