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U.S. to reopen land border to fully vaccinated Canadians next month

Land border has been closed to non-essential travel for more than 18 months.

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Fully vaccinated Canadians will be allowed to enter the United States at land and ferry border crossings starting in early November.

Senior U.S. officials announced Tuesday night a plan to begin reopening the land borders with Canada and Mexico, which have been closed for non-essential travel since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

An exact date for the reopening has not yet been determined, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters earlier about the plan during a conference call.

They said a number of details are still being worked out, including the type of documentation that will be accepted to prove a traveller's vaccination status.

"We are working to clarify and finalize all the details with our American partners," Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said during a brief scrum in Washington Wednesday.

The U.S. is also awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about travellers who received mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines or the AstraZeneca vaccine. The U.S. has not approved the mixing of vaccine doses or the AstraZeneca vaccine for its own residents.

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However, an official on the call noted that the CDC plans to recommend the acceptance of air travellers who have been inoculated with any vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, which includes AstraZeneca. The official said a similar rule should be expected at land crossings.

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Tuesday night's announcement about the reopening came shortly after Rep. Brian Higgins — a New York Democrat who has been one of the loudest critics in Washington of the continued border restrictions — broke the news in a written statement.

"The sigh of relief coming from northern border communities following this announcement is so loud it can practically be heard on either end of the Peace Bridge," Higgins said in the statement, referring to the span that connects Buffalo, N.Y., to Fort Erie, Ont., and one of the busiest bridges between the two countries. 

Canadians to be asked about vaccination status

A short time later, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas released a statement outlining the reopening plan.

Mayorkas noted that cross-border traffic between Canada and the U.S. generates significant economic activity between border communities. 

"We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner," he said.

According to U.S. officials, Canadians crossing the border will be questioned about their vaccination status by border agents.

Proof of vaccination will only be required if a traveller is sent for secondary screening, the government officials said on the call.

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If a traveller is fully vaccinated, there will be no requirement for them to show a negative COVID-19 test.

When the updated rules go into effect, the U.S. will also ease other travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air.

With an opening on the horizon, Freeland still urged caution.

"Just try to do the things you need to do and maybe hold back on doing the things you just want to do," she said, quoting Dr. Eileen de Villa, the medical officer of health for Toronto.

"And I think if we can keep on doing that for a few more weeks, Canada can really fully put COVID-19 behind us."

Different measures

The updated rules mean Canadian and U.S. citizens will soon face essentially the same rules when crossing the border after months of different measures at the world's longest international border.

The Canadian government in August reopened its border to fully vaccinated U.S. travellers, which raised repeated questions about why the U.S. did not make the same change.

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The U.S. rules have also been described as inconsistent, since Canadians have been allowed to enter the U.S. by air, even for non-essential purposes, for most of the pandemic.

The government officials said the updated regulations reflect the growing uptake in vaccinations across North America.

They noted that nearly 263 million people in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are now fully vaccinated.

Essential workers crossing the land border, such as truckers, will also face a new vaccine mandate starting sometime in January 2022.

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The officials said they are waiting to implement that change, which they referred to as the second phase of the border reopening, so that essential workers are given adequate time to get fully vaccinated.

The existing border restrictions were set to expire on Oct. 21, but will now be extended until the new rules go into effect.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S.

Updated Date: April 21, 2022

Since January 22, 2022, DHS has required non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon request.  On April 21, 2022, DHS announced that it would extend these requirements. In determining whether and when to rescind this order, DHS anticipates that it will take account of whether the vaccination requirement for non-U.S. air travelers remains in place.

These requirements apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for essential or non-essential reasons. They do not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.

Effective November 8, 2021, new air travel requirements applied to many noncitizens who are visiting the United States temporarily. These travelers are also required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All air travelers, including U.S. persons, must test negative for COVID-19 prior to departure. Limited exceptions apply. See  CDC guidance  for more details regarding air travel requirements.

Below is more information about what to know before you go, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about cross-border travel.

Entering the U.S. Through a Land Port of Entry or Ferry Terminal

Q. what are the requirements for travelers entering the united states through land poes.

A:  Before embarking on a trip to the United States, non-U.S. travelers should be prepared for the following:

  • Possess proof of an approved COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the  CDC  website.
  • During border inspection, verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status. 
  • Bring a  Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative  compliant border crossing document, such as a valid passport (and visa if required), Trusted Traveler Program card, a Department of State-issued Border Crossing Card, Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced Tribal Card when entering the country. Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should be prepared to present the WHTI-compliant document and any other documents requested by the CBP officer.

 Q. What are the requirements to enter the United States for children under the age of 18 who can't be vaccinated?

A:  Children under 18 years of age are excepted from the vaccination requirement at land and ferry POEs.

Q: Which vaccines/combination of vaccines will be accepted?

A:  Per CDC guidelines, all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and authorized vaccines, as well as all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO), will be accepted.

Accepted Vaccines:

  • More details are available in CDC guidance  here .
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series;
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial;
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart.

Q. Is the United States requiring travelers to have a booster dose to be considered fully vaccinated for border entry purposes?

A:  No. The CDC guidance for “full vaccination” can be found here.

Q: Do U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents need proof of vaccination to return to the United States via land POEs and ferry terminals?

A:  No. Vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Travelers that exhibit signs or symptoms of illness will be referred to CDC for additional medical evaluation.

Q: Is pre- or at-arrival COVID testing required to enter the United States via land POEs or ferry terminals?

A: No, there is no COVID testing requirement to enter the United States via land POE or ferry terminals. In this respect, the requirement for entering by a land POE or ferry terminal differs from arrival via air, where there is a requirement to have a negative test result before departure.

Processing Changes Announced on January 22, 2022 

Q: new changes were recently announced. what changed on january 22.

A:  Since January 22, 2022, non-citizens who are not U.S. nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents have been required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States at land ports of entry and ferry terminals, whether for essential or nonessential purposes. Previously, DHS required that non-U.S. persons be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States for nonessential purposes.  Effective January 22, all non-U.S. individuals, to include essential travelers, must be prepared to attest to vaccination status and present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request. DHS announced an extension of this policy on April 21, 2022.

Q: Who is affected by the changes announced on January 22?

A: This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents. It applies to other noncitizens, such as a citizen of Mexico, Canada, or any other country seeking to enter the United States through a land port of entry or ferry terminal.

Q: Do U.S. citizens need proof of vaccination to return to the United States via land port of entry or ferry terminals?

A: Vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. Citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents. Travelers that exhibit signs or symptoms of illness will be referred to CDC for additional medical evaluation. 

Q: What is essential travel?

A:  Under the prior policy, there was an exception from temporary travel restrictions for “essential travel.” Essential travel included travel to attend educational institutions, travel to work in the United States, travel for emergency response and public health purposes, and travel for lawful cross-border trade (e.g., commercial truckers). Under current policy, there is no exception for essential travel.

Q: Will there be any exemptions? 

A: While most non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States will need to be vaccinated, there is a narrow list of exemptions consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order in the air travel context.

  • Certain categories of individuals on diplomatic or official foreign government travel as specified in the CDC Order
  • Children under 18 years of age;
  • Certain participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials as specified in the CDC Order;   
  • Individuals with medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as specified in the CDC Order;
  • Individuals issued a humanitarian or emergency exception by the Secretary of Homeland Security;
  • Individuals with valid nonimmigrant visas (excluding B-1 [business] or B-2 [tourism] visas) who are citizens of a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability, as specified in the CDC Order
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age) as specified in the CDC Order; and
  • Individuals whose entry would be in the U.S. national interest, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Q: What documentation will be required to show vaccination status?

A:  Non-U.S. individuals are required to be prepared to attest to vaccination status and present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request regardless of the purpose of travel.

The current documentation requirement remains the same and is available on the CDC website . Documentation requirements for entry at land ports of entry and ferry terminals mirror those for entry by air.

Q: What happens if someone doesn’t have proof of vaccine status?

A: If non-U.S. individuals cannot present proof of vaccination upon request, they will not be admitted into the United States and will either be subject to removal or be allowed to withdraw their application for entry.

Q: Will incoming travelers be required to present COVID-19 test results?

A: There is no COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers at land border ports of entry, including ferry terminals.

Q: What does this mean for those who can't be vaccinated, either due to age or other health considerations? 

A: See CDC guidance for additional information on this topic. Note that the vaccine requirement does not apply to children under 18 years of age.

Q: Does this requirement apply to amateur and professional athletes?

A: Yes, unless they qualify for one of the narrow CDC exemptions.

Q: Are commercial truckers required to be vaccinated?

A: Yes, unless they qualify for one of the narrow CDC exemptions. These requirements also apply to bus drivers as well as rail and ferry operators.

Q. Do you expect border wait times to increase?

A:  As travelers navigate these new travel requirements, wait times may increase. Travelers should account for the possibility of longer than normal wait times and lines at U.S. land border crossings when planning their trip and are kindly encouraged to exercise patience.

To help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of innovative technology, such as facial biometrics and the CBP OneTM mobile application, which serves as a single portal for individuals to access CBP mobile applications and services.

Q: How is Customs and Border Protection staffing the ports of entry? 

A: CBP’s current staffing levels at ports of entry throughout the United States are commensurate with pre-pandemic levels. CBP has continued to hire and train new employees throughout the pandemic. CBP expects some travelers to be non-compliant with the proof of vaccination requirements, which may at times lead to an increase in border wait times. Although trade and travel facilitation remain a priority, we cannot compromise national security, which is our primary mission. CBP Office of Field Operations will continue to dedicate its finite resources to the processing of arriving traffic with emphasis on trade facilitation to ensure economic recovery.

Q: What happens if a vaccinated individual is traveling with an unvaccinated individual?  

A:  The unvaccinated individual (if 18 or over) would not be eligible for admission.

Q: If I am traveling for an essential reason but am not vaccinated can I still enter?

A:  No, if you are a non-U.S. individual. The policy announced on January 22, 2022 applies to both essential and non-essential travel by non-U.S. individual travelers. Since January 22, DHS has required that all inbound non-U.S. individuals crossing U.S. land or ferry POEs – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination upon request.

Q: Are sea crew members on vessels required to have a COVID vaccine to disembark?

A:  Sea crew members traveling pursuant to a C-1 or D nonimmigrant visa are not excepted from COVID-19 vaccine requirements at the land border. This is a difference from the international air transportation context.

Entering the U.S. via Air Travel

Q: what are the covid vaccination requirements for air passengers to the united states  .

A:  According to CDC requirements [www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html | Link no longer valid], most noncitizens who are visiting the United States temporarily must be fully vaccinated prior to boarding a flight to the United States. These travelers are required to show proof of vaccination. A list of covered individuals is available on the CDC website.  

Q: What are the COVID testing requirements for air passengers to the United States?  

A:  Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. ET, CDC will no longer require pre-departure COVID-19 testing for U.S.-bound air travelers.

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Entering Canada

On this page, by private boat, required identification, permanent residents, travelling with children, you and the border services officer.

Whether you’re returning home or visiting, you’ll follow the same 3 steps to enter Canada:

Step 1. Pre-arrival: Use Advance Declaration or complete a Declaration Card

If you’re arriving by air at one of Canada’s participating international airports, you can save time at the border. Submit your customs and immigration declaration online using Advance Declaration up to 72 hours before you arrive in Canada.

If you choose not to submit your declaration in advance, you can complete it at an airport kiosk or eGate. If you’re landing at an airport without kiosks or eGates, you’ll receive a Declaration Card on board the aircraft or other conveyance. Read the instructions and complete the card before you arrive. Have it ready to present to Canadian officials at the airport, along with your identification and other travel documents. If you're travelling with children, please have their documentation ready as well.

If using a Declaration Card, detach and discard the instructions. To help us serve you faster, do not fold the card.

Everyone arriving in Canada must complete a declaration. You can list up to 4 people living at the same residence on one card, or 8 people per Advance Declaration submission.

The Declaration Card or Advance Declaration submission tells us what we need to know about you, your travels and what you’re bringing into the country.

Connecting to another flight

If you’re connecting to another flight or travelling on to another destination and re-boarding the same plane, follow the signs. At some airports, you may have to check your baggage and have it screened again.

If you travel frequently our trusted traveller programs can help

If you're a member of a trusted traveller program, you can skip Step 2 and go directly to the automated kiosks or eGates for faster processing.

Step 2. Arrival: First CBSA checkpoint

When you arrive at the terminal, follow the signs to the first Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) checkpoint, also called “primary inspection.”

If you used Advance Declaration, go to a kiosk or eGate to retrieve your confirmed declaration receipt. Up to 5 people may use a kiosk as a group upon arrival.

Next, a border services officer will examine your:

  • Declaration Card or Advance Declaration kiosk receipt
  • your identification
  • other travel documents

The officer may ask you a series of questions to determine:

  • your immigration status
  • the type of any goods you're bringing with you
  • your duty-free allowance
  • your personal exemption entitlements

Goods not properly declared that are restricted or prohibited in Canada can, under the law, be seized.

Newcomer or coming to Canada to study or work

If you’re a newcomer to Canada, coming to study or work in Canada, you may need to present further documentation. The officer will help guide you through this process. You may ask the officer for help if you don’t speak English or French well.

Step 3. Baggage and second CBSA checkpoint

Go to the baggage claim area. If you must pay duty and taxes, you can pay at most major airports while waiting for your luggage.

Once you’ve picked up your luggage:

  • go to the next CBSA checkpoint
  • Declaration Card, Advance Declaration kiosk or eGate receipt
  • receipt, if you paid duty and taxes for your goods

The officer may direct you to a secondary inspection area.

Here, officers may ask you:

  • for detailed information about your travels
  • to present your luggage and goods for examination

This is a normal part of the travelling process. Your cooperation is appreciated and helps us ensure the safety of Canada, its economy and its residents.

If you’re arriving by land, follow the signs to the first checkpoint, also called “primary inspection.” Here, a border services officer will examine your identification and other travel documents and take your verbal declaration.

Visit U.S. to Canada border wait times for estimated wait times at certain locations.

If you’re arriving by private boat, go directly to a designated marine telephone reporting site and call the CBSA Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1-888-226-7277 to obtain clearance.

Private boaters that meet certain conditions may report to the CBSA by calling the TRC using cell phone from their location in Canadian waters.

Learn more about reporting requirements for private boaters.

Make sure you carry proper identification for yourself and any children travelling with you to help confirm your legal right to enter Canada. Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada.

Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

The Government of Canada recommends that Canadian citizens travel with a valid Canadian passport because it’s the only reliable and universally accepted travel and identification document available to Canadians for the purpose of international travel.

International transportation companies such as airlines may require travellers to present a passport before boarding. Canadian citizens may face delays or may not be allowed to board the plane or other conveyance if they present other documents such as a:

  • Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)/Enhanced Identification Card (EIC)
  • NEXUS card (used where the program is available)
  • Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card used in FAST lanes
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Birth certificate in combination with either a driver's licence or a government-issued photo identification

Permanent residents (immigrants living in Canada who are not yet Canadian citizens) need a valid permanent resident card to return to Canada. Check the expiry date on your card.

Note that a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship is not a travel document.

See Canadian Citizenship for further details.

Parents who share custody of their children should bring copies of the legal custody documents to the border when travelling with their children.

A consent letter should be used for all cross-border travel when a child is travelling:

  • with only 1 parent or guardian
  • in the care of friends or relatives
  • with a group, such as a sports, school, musical or religious group

Example of a consent letter to permit travel by a child with a single custodian or parent.

When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should arrive at the border in the same vehicle as the children.

Adults who aren’t parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. The consent letter should include addresses and telephone numbers where the parents or guardian can be reached.

Border officers watch for missing children, and may ask detailed questions about the children who are travelling with you.

You may occasionally find yourself going through a more detailed inspection. In some cases, this simply means that you may have to complete a form. In other cases, the border services officer will need to identify the goods you’re bringing into the country or examine your luggage.

Border services officers are legally entitled to examine your luggage as part of their responsibility to protect Canada's safety, economy and environment. You are responsible for opening, unpacking and repacking your luggage.

By making your goods easily accessible for inspection and having your receipts handy, you will be helping the CBSA to help you. It’s a good idea to keep all your receipts for accommodation and purchases, and for any repairs done to, or parts bought for, your vehicle. The border services officer may ask to see them as evidence of the length of your stay and of the value of the goods or repairs.

If you disagree with the amount of duty and taxes that you have to pay, please ask to speak with the CBSA superintendent on duty. A consultation can often resolve the issue quickly and without cost. If you’re still not satisfied, our officers can tell you how to make a formal appeal.

Border services officers may arrest an individual for an offence under the Criminal Code (for example, impaired driving, outstanding arrest warrants, stolen property, abductions/kidnappings) and for infractions under other acts of Parliament (for example, the Customs Act , the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act ).

If you’re arrested, you may be compelled to attend court in Canada. You should note that anyone arrested in Canada is protected by and will be treated in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms .

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U.S. to end vaccine requirements for Canadians at land border, international air travellers: officials

The U.S. is ending its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travellers and Canadians at the border as of next week, officials announced on Monday.

By the end of the day on May 11, international air travellers, federal employees and federal contractors will no longer need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination , the White House said in a statement Monday.

“Our COVID-19 vaccine requirements bolstered vaccination across the nation, and our broader vaccination campaign has saved millions of lives,” the statement reads. “While vaccination remains one of the most important tools in advancing the health and safety of employees and promoting the efficiency of workplaces, we are now in a different phase of our response when these measures are no longer necessary.”

The statement added that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will also “start the process to end their vaccination requirements for ... certain noncitizens at the land border."

“In the coming days, further details related to ending these requirements will be provided,” the White House said.

According to Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins, whose district encompasses Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y. along the Canadian border, the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will also be lifted for Canadians seeking to cross into the U.S. through the land border as of May 11.

Higgins said this has been confirmed to him by the White House after he pushed for clarity on whether or not Canadian crossings at the land border would be impacted by the U.S. lifting its COVID emergency order on May 11.

“For over three years now there have been barriers to cross-border travel,” Higgins said in a press release. “It has kept families apart and impeded economic recovery. While long overdue, this last lifting of pandemic restrictions is certainly welcome news and critically important as we seek opportunities to encourage a robust cross-border exchange that delivers shared prosperity.”

Last month, U.S President Joe Biden signed a bill to end the COVID-19 national emergency.

Canada ended its requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all travellers entering the country by air or through the land border last October. 

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Skinner under scrutiny as Oilers search for spark against Canucks

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Murder charge laid in Donald Street apartment fire after 1 victim dies

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Government of Canada to remove COVID-19 border and travel measures effective October 1

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

News release

Today the Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022.

September 26, 2022 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has taken a layered approach to border management to protect the health and safety of Canadians. As the pandemic situation has continued to evolve, adjustments to border measures have been informed by the latest evidence, available data, operational considerations, and the epidemiological situation, both in Canada and internationally. Today the Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022.

The removal of border measures has been facilitated by a number of factors, including modelling that indicates that Canada has largely passed the peak of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 fuelled wave, Canada’s high vaccination rates, lower hospitalization and death rates, as well as the availability and use of vaccine boosters (including new bivalent formulation), rapid tests, and treatments for COVID-19.

Effective October 1, 2022, all travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:

  • submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website;
  • provide proof of vaccination;
  • undergo pre- or on-arrival testing;
  • carry out COVID-19-related quarantine or isolation;
  • monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada.

Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to:

  • undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
  • wear masks on planes and trains.

Although the masking requirement is being lifted, all travellers are strongly recommended to wear high quality and well-fitted masks during their journeys.

Cruise measures are also being lifted, and travellers will no longer be required to have pre-board tests, be vaccinated, or use ArriveCAN. A set of guidelines will remain to protect passengers and crew, which will align with the approach used in the United States.

Individuals are reminded that they should not travel if they have symptoms of COVID-19. If travellers become sick while travelling, and are still sick when they arrive in Canada, they should inform a flight attendant, cruise staff, or a border services officer upon arrival. They may then be referred to a quarantine officer who will decide whether the traveller needs further medical assessment as COVID-19 remains one of many communicable diseases listed in the Quarantine Act .

The Government of Canada also reminds travellers to make informed decisions when considering travel outside of Canada to protect their health and safety. They are encouraged to review the travel advice at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories for more information on safe travel.

Canadians can continue to do their part to protect themselves and others, and reduce the spread of COVID-19, by getting vaccinated and boosted, using high quality and well-fitted masks where appropriate, self-isolating if they have symptoms and self-testing if they can.

“Thanks largely to Canadians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated, we have reached the point where we can safely lift the sanitary measures at the border. However, we expect COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses will continue to circulate over the cold months, so I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination, including booster doses and exercise individual public health measures. I also thank the dedicated public health officers and frontline staff at our land borders and airports who have worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of people in Canada for the last two years.” The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Health
“Canada’s travel measures successfully mitigated the full impact of COVID-19 for travellers and workers in the transportation sector, and helped keep communities safe. Thanks to Canadians who rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated, we are able to take this great step towards easing measures and returning to normal.” The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport
“Since the start, our Government has taken the necessary steps to keep Canadians safe in the face of a global pandemic. COVID-19 border measures were always meant to be temporary and we are making adjustments based on the current situation because that’s what Canadians expect. I want to thank CBSA officers who are at the front line facilitating travel, supporting our economy, and ensuring the safety and security of our communities.” The Honourable Marco Mendicino Minister of Public Safety

Quick facts

Travellers must follow any provincial or territorial COVID-19 requirements as applicable. Foreign nationals must still meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation as necessary.

Air carriers will no longer need to validate that travellers have entered information in ArriveCAN before boarding.

As of October 1, 2022, travellers who entered Canada in the 14 days prior to October 1, 2022, will not be required to complete the remainder of their quarantine or isolation, or complete their testing requirements.

While travellers will no longer have to submit their quarantine and vaccination information through ArriveCAN, they can continue to use the optional Advance Declaration feature in ArriveCAN (free as a mobile app or on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website) to save time at the airport by submitting their customs and immigration declaration in advance of arrival.

  • This feature is currently available to travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, or Montréal-Trudeau international airports and will expand to the Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ottawa, Québec City, and Halifax international airports in the coming months.

Early data shows that using the Advance CBSA Declaration in ArriveCAN cuts the amount of time a traveller spends at a kiosk by roughly one third, and over 30% of travellers arriving at the airports are already using it.

The CBSA will continue to make technology available at the border to speed up traveller entry and enhance the safety and security of Canadians. For example, CBSA is exploring other optional ArriveCAN features to provide travellers with easy access to information such as border wait times, and other self-serve functions. This will be expanded to travellers by land so they can make use of available technology to expedite and facilitate their travel.

Associated links

  • Backgrounder – COVID-19 Border Measures
  • COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders
  • COVID-19: Boarding flights and trains in Canada
  • Summary data about travellers, testing and compliance
  • Travelling to, from and within Canada

Marie-France Proulx Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos Minister of Health 613-957-0200

Nadine Ramadan Press Secretary and Communications Advisor Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport, Ottawa [email protected]

Audrey Champoux Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Public Safety [email protected]

Media Relations Public Health Agency of Canada 613-957-2983 [email protected]

Media Relations Transport Canada, Ottawa [email protected] 613-993-0055

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The Biden administration will lift the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for inbound international air travelers on Friday.

"As we continue to monitor the evolving state of COVID-19 and the emergence of virus variants, we have the tools to detect and respond to the potential emergence of a variant of high consequence," President Joe Biden said in a proclamation Tuesday. "Considering the progress that we have made, and based on the latest guidance from our public health experts, I have determined that we no longer need the international air travel restrictions that I imposed in October 2021."

Biden announced the change last week , along with the end of vaccine requirements for federal employees and contractors, foreign nationals at the land border and others. The requirement for air travelers will lift at midnight Thursday as the coronavirus public health emergency ends. Biden previously  signed a bill ending the COVID national emergency  in April.

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Is there still a vaccine requirement for international travelers coming to the US?

Not as of later this week.

Currently, all "non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants traveling to the United States by air" must show proof of vaccination with limited exceptions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's  website .

Industry group the U.S. Travel Association, which had called on the Biden administration to  end the vaccine requirement  for inbound international visitors and argued the rule was an impediment to tourism, applauded the change when it was announced last week.

“Today’s action to lift the vaccine requirement eases a significant entry barrier for many global travelers, moving our industry and country forward," Geoff Freeman, the organization's President and CEO, said in a statement last week. He also called on the federal government to "ensure U.S. airports and other ports of entry are appropriately staffed with Customs and Border Protection officers to meet the growing demand for entry."

The U.S.  lifted a requirement  that air travelers coming from China show proof of a negative COVID test in March. The policy took effect in January amid a surge of cases in China.

The U.S.  dropped its COVID testing rule  for international flyers in June.

Do travelers need a vaccine to cross the Mexico or Canada borders to the US?

The Department of Homeland Security also said in a news release that it will no longer require non-U.S. travelers coming into the country by land or at ferry terminals to be fully vaccinated or show proof of their vaccination status.

Do US travelers need to be vaccinated against COVID to travel internationally?

That depends. Many destinations have dropped their vaccination and testing requirements for travel, though some still have rules in place. The Philippines, for example, still requires travelers to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID test in order to visit, according to the  U.S. Embassy in the Philippines .

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The CDC also recommends travelers be up to date on their COVID vaccinations before leaving the country. The agency defines up to date as having one updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for people age 6 and up, which "protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 and the Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5," according to its  website .

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

There’s a new highly transmissible COVID-19 variant. Could FLiRT lead to a summer uptick?

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Two new COVID-19 subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, are increasingly edging out the winter’s dominant strain ahead of a possible summer uptick in coronavirus infections.

The new FLiRT subvariants, officially known as KP.2 and KP.1.1, are believed to be roughly 20% more transmissible than their parent, JN.1 , the winter’s dominant subvariant, said Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease expert at UC San Francisco.

The two FLiRT subvariants combined comprised an estimated 35% of coronavirus infections nationally for the two-week period that began April 28, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By contrast, JN.1 is now believed to comprise 16% of infections; in mid-winter, it was blamed for more than 80%.

“It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a new dominant variant in the U.S.,” said Dr. David Bronstein, an infectious diseases specialist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “With each of these variants that takes over from the one before it, we do see increased transmissibility — it’s easier to spread from person to person. So, that’s really the concern with FLiRT.”

The largest FLiRT subvariant, KP.2, is growing particularly fast as a proportion of coronavirus infections. In late March, it made up just 4% of estimated infections nationally; most recently, it’s estimated to make up 28.2%.

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The new subvariants have been dubbed FLiRT for the mutations on the evolved COVID-19 virus. “So instead of an ‘L,’ there’s an ‘F.’ And instead of a ‘T,’ there’s an ‘R.’ And then they put an ‘i’ in to make it cute,” Chin-Hong said.

Despite their increased transmissibility, the new mutations don’t appear to result in more severe disease. And the vaccine is expected to continue working well, given the new subvariants are only slightly different from the winter version.

The entry of the subvariants also come as COVID-19 hospitalizations hit record lows. For the week ending April 27, there were 5,098 admissions — one-seventh of this winter’s peak, in which 35,137 admissions were reported for the week that ended Jan. 6.

However, as of May 1, hospitals nationwide are no longer required to report COVID-19 admissions to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; only voluntarily submitted data will now be posted nationally.

In Los Angeles County, COVID-19 levels appear to be in a lull. For the week that ended April 27, coronavirus levels in L.A. County wastewater were at 8% of the winter peak.

Still, some doctors say they wouldn’t be surprised if there is a summer uptick in COVID cases — as has occurred in prior seasons.

“By the summer, we can expect people’s immunity to be a little bit lower,” Chin-Hong said. For those who are older or immunocompromised, “they are potentially at risk for getting more serious disease.”

Plus, people often gather indoors during summer to avoid the heat, which can increase the risk of transmission in crowded public venues.

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Chin-Hong said he is seeing COVID-19 patients at UC San Francisco with serious illness, and “they were either very old or very immune compromised and they didn’t get the most recent shots.”

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And while the chance of long COVID is likely less than the early days of the pandemic, it still exists.

Many people haven’t gotten a recent COVID-19 vaccination, data show. For the week that ended Feb. 24, 29% of seniors nationwide had received a dose of the updated vaccine that became available in September . In California, as of April 30, about 36% of seniors had received an updated dose.

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“We are still seeing those hospitalizations and bad outcomes, and even folks who are passing away from COVID. It hasn’t gone away,” Bronstein said. “The good news is that the ... vaccine still is very good at protecting you against hospitalizations, severe outcomes and death.”

Between October and April, more than 42,000 COVID-19 deaths were recorded nationally, according to the CDC. That’s significantly larger than the estimated flu deaths over the same time: 24,000.

Still, the number is smaller than the comparable period for the prior season, when more than 70,000 COVID deaths were reported. And that tally is far smaller than the first two devastating pandemic winters: Between October 2021 and April 2022, more than 272,000 deaths were recorded; and between October 2020 and April 2021, the number was more than 370,000.

The CDC in February recommended that seniors 65 and older get a second dose of the updated vaccine as long as it had been at least four months since an earlier injection. The CDC also says everyone 6 months and older should get a dose of the updated vaccine.

“Right now, the most important thing that folks can do is get the vaccine,” Bronstein said. He suggested those who are especially vulnerable continue to mask whenever possible, especially in places like crowded airports and planes.

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California recommends that people with COVID-19 symptoms stay home until symptoms are mild and improving and they haven’t had a fever for 24 hours without medication.

They should also mask around others while indoors for 10 days after becoming sick or, if they have no symptoms, after testing positive. They can stop wearing a mask sooner, if they have two consecutive negative rapid test results at least a day apart. But they should avoid contact with all higher-risk people for 10 days, according to the state Department of Public Health.

And ahead of travel plans this summer, Chin-Hong suggested that older people speak with their healthcare provider about making sure that, should they come down with COVID-19, that Paxlovid can be prescribed without interfering with other medications. Paxlovid is an antiviral drug that, when taken by people at risk for severe COVID-19 who have mild-to-moderate illness, reduces the risk of hospitalization and death.

Chin-Hong also suggests that it makes sense for healthcare providers to prescribe Paxlovid to higher-risk people planning to travel where the medicine may not be readily available, as a “just-in-case” prescription. Clinicians have that discretion since Paxlovid has been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which gives healthcare providers greater leeway in deciding when to prescribe the drug.

Earlier this year, another medicine was also made available to help protect the most vulnerable people — such as cancer patients and those who have received organ transplants. It’s a monoclonal antibody called Pemgarda , which is administered intravenously and can be given once every three months. Authorized by the FDA for emergency use, it’s given prophylactically and can help recipients prevent COVID-19 if they are later exposed to an infected person.

Anticipation is also building for a fresh version of the COVID-19 vaccine to be released possibly by September. It could be designed against last winter’s JN.1 strain, but it’s also possible officials decide it should be designed against the rising FLiRT subvariants, Chin-Hong said.

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Exploring Florida's Sunny Shores: Travel Considerations Amidst Covid-19

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As the world grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel enthusiasts everywhere are left daydreaming about the sunny shores of Florida. With its breathtaking beaches and vibrant cities, the Sunshine State has always been a go-to destination for tourists seeking a tropical escape. However, before packing your bags and heading to Florida's sunny shores, there are important travel considerations to keep in mind in light of the current health crisis. From navigating travel restrictions to prioritizing safety measures, exploring Florida in the midst of COVID-19 requires careful planning and informed decision-making. So, let's dive into the essential factors to consider when embarking on a Floridian adventure during these unprecedented times.

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Current travel restrictions for florida during covid-19, safety measures in place for traveling to florida during pandemic, popular tourist attractions and activities available in florida during covid-19, tips for planning a safe and enjoyable trip to florida during pandemic.


If you are considering traveling to Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to be aware of the current travel restrictions in place. As of the time of writing, Florida does not have any travel restrictions or mandatory quarantine requirements for visitors entering the state.

However, it is still important to take precautions and follow guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of others during your trip. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Check the CDC Guidelines: Before making any travel plans, it is crucial to stay updated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. These guidelines provide information on the current risk levels and recommendations for travel. Remember that the situation can change rapidly, so be sure to check for updates regularly.
  • Wear a Mask: Regardless of the travel restrictions in place, it is important to wear a mask in public spaces to help prevent the spread of the virus. This includes airports, public transportation, and any crowded areas you may encounter during your trip.
  • Practice Social Distancing: It is essential to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others who are not in your travel group. Avoid crowded places and opt for outdoor activities whenever possible.
  • Wash Hands Frequently: Proper hand hygiene is crucial to reduce the risk of infection. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content when soap and water are not available.
  • Stay Updated with Local Regulations: While Florida may not have specific travel restrictions, it is important to be aware of any local regulations or guidelines in the specific cities or areas you plan to visit. Some areas may have different regulations in place, such as mask mandates or capacity limitations in certain establishments. Stay informed and follow these regulations to ensure a safe and smooth trip.
  • Consider Getting Tested Before and After Travel: To further minimize the risk of spreading the virus, consider getting tested for COVID-19 both before and after your trip. This can help identify any potential infections and allow you to take appropriate measures to protect yourself and others.

Remember, even though travel restrictions may not be in place, it is important to assess the risks and make an informed decision about your travel plans. Consider the current COVID-19 situation in your area, as well as the situation in Florida, before deciding to travel. Your health and the health of others should always be the top priority.

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If you are planning to travel to Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to be aware of the safety measures in place to protect yourself and others. Florida, like many other states, has implemented guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of residents and visitors. Here are some important safety measures to keep in mind:

  • Face Masks: It is strongly recommended to wear a face mask in public places where social distancing may be difficult to maintain. This includes airports, public transportation, and indoor establishments such as shops and restaurants. Wearing a face mask can help reduce the spread of the virus, protecting yourself and those around you.
  • Social Distancing: Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others who are not part of your household. Avoid crowded areas and gatherings where social distancing may be challenging. Many establishments have implemented floor markings or signage to assist with social distancing. Follow these guidelines to minimize the risk of transmission.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth, as this can facilitate the entry of the virus into your body.
  • Increased Cleaning and Sanitization: Hotels, airports, and other public spaces have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization protocols. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, and elevator buttons are regularly cleaned and disinfected. However, it is still a good practice to carry your own disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to use as an extra precaution.
  • Health Screenings: Some airports may have implemented health screenings for incoming passengers, including temperature checks and health questionnaires. Be prepared to cooperate with these screenings and follow any instructions given by airport or health officials. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, it is advisable to postpone your trip.
  • Stay Informed: Stay updated on the latest travel advisories and guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local health authorities. These guidelines may change, so it is important to stay informed and adapt your plans accordingly.
  • Check Travel Restrictions: Before traveling to Florida, check for any travel restrictions or quarantine requirements that may be in place. Some states may require incoming travelers to self-isolate for a certain period of time upon arrival. Make sure you are familiar with these requirements to avoid any unexpected disruptions to your trip.

Remember that the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, and it is important to prioritize your health and the health of others when making travel decisions. By following these safety measures and staying informed, you can help reduce the risk of transmission and have a safe and enjoyable trip to Florida during the pandemic.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many people are wondering if it is safe to travel and what tourist attractions and activities are available in different destinations. If you are considering a trip to Florida during these times, there are several popular tourist attractions and activities that are available while taking the necessary precautions to ensure your safety.

  • Beaches: Florida is famous for its beautiful beaches and luckily, they remain open to the public. However, it is important to follow the guidelines set by local authorities. Maintain social distancing of at least six feet, avoid crowded areas, and wear a mask when not in the water.
  • Outdoor Activities: Florida offers a wide range of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed while staying safe. You can explore the various state parks and national wildlife refuges in the area. Hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing are also popular activities that can be enjoyed while maintaining social distancing.
  • Theme Parks: Many of Florida's popular theme parks have reopened with new safety measures in place. Some parks, such as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, require advance reservations and have limited capacity to ensure social distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols, temperature checks, and mandatory face coverings are also part of the safety measures.
  • Museums and Cultural Sites: Several museums and cultural sites in Florida have reopened with limited capacity and enhanced safety measures. These attractions provide a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the region while adhering to social distancing guidelines. It is advisable to check the specific guidelines and requirements for each attraction before visiting.
  • Outdoor Dining: Many restaurants in Florida have reopened their outdoor dining areas with limited capacity. Enjoying a meal outdoors can be a great way to experience the local cuisine while minimizing the risks associated with indoor dining. It is still important to follow the guidelines provided by the restaurant, such as wearing a mask when not seated at your table.
  • Water Sports: Florida is known for its water sports, and many of them are available for visitors with safety precautions in place. You can go paddleboarding, jet skiing, or take a boat tour while maintaining social distancing. Rental companies and tour operators have implemented additional cleaning measures and reduced capacity to ensure a safe experience.

While there are several popular tourist attractions and activities available in Florida during COVID-19, it is important to remember that the situation is continuously evolving. It is recommended to check the latest guidelines and restrictions from local authorities and attractions before planning your trip. Stay informed, follow the safety guidelines, and prioritize your health and well-being while enjoying your visit to Florida.

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Planning a trip to Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic requires careful consideration and preparation. While travel is not completely risk-free, there are steps you can take to minimize the risks and make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. Here are some tips to help you plan your trip:

  • Research the Current Situation: Before making any travel arrangements, it's important to stay informed about the current COVID-19 situation in Florida. Check the official websites of the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the latest updates on case numbers and travel advisories.
  • Check Travel Restrictions: Florida has implemented certain travel restrictions in response to the pandemic. Make sure to check if there are any quarantine or testing requirements for travelers arriving from your location. It's also important to stay updated on the latest travel restrictions imposed by your own state or country.
  • Choose the Right Time: Consider the timing of your trip. It may be wise to avoid peak travel periods when there could be higher crowds and increased risk of exposure. Also, keep in mind that the situation is constantly changing, so be prepared to adjust your plans if needed.
  • Select Accommodations Carefully: When choosing accommodation, prioritize cleanliness and safety measures. Look for hotels, resorts, or vacation rentals that have implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and follow social distancing guidelines. Check their websites or call ahead to inquire about the specific measures they have in place.
  • Plan Outdoor Activities: Florida is known for its outdoor attractions, and this is even more important during the pandemic. Instead of crowded indoor spaces, focus on outdoor activities like visiting beaches, national parks, or taking nature walks where you can maintain physical distance from others. Be sure to follow any guidelines or restrictions in place for these areas.
  • Practice Health and Safety Guidelines: Follow recommended health and safety guidelines throughout your trip. Wear a mask in public places and practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, and eyes. Practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance from others who are not in your travel group.
  • Stay Updated on Local Regulations: Keep yourself informed about any local regulations or guidelines in the areas you will be visiting. This includes information on mask mandates, capacity restrictions, and any specific requirements for attractions, restaurants, or other establishments. Look for information on official websites or local news sources.
  • Prepare for Medical Needs: It's important to be prepared for any medical needs that may arise during your trip. Bring an ample supply of face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. If you take any prescription medications, ensure you have enough to last the duration of your trip. Research healthcare facilities near your destination in case you need medical assistance.
  • Be Flexible and Have a Backup Plan: The COVID-19 situation can change rapidly, so it's important to be flexible and have a backup plan. Stay informed about any developments that may affect your trip and be prepared to make adjustments or even cancel if necessary. Consider purchasing travel insurance to provide additional protection and coverage in case of unexpected changes.

Remember, the health and safety of yourself and others should be the top priority when planning a trip during the pandemic. By taking these precautions and following guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable trip to Florida. Stay informed, be responsible, and have a great time exploring the Sunshine State!

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Yes, you can travel to Florida during Covid-19. However, it is recommended to check the latest travel advisories and restrictions before planning your trip.

As of now, there are no travel restrictions imposed on travelers entering Florida due to Covid-19. However, it is advised to follow safety protocols such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

Currently, there is no mandatory quarantine requirement for travelers entering Florida. However, it is important to stay updated with the latest guidelines and recommendations from health authorities as the situation can change.

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The huge solar storm is keeping power grid and satellite operators on edge

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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of solar flares early Saturday afternoon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the geomagnetic storm. Solar Dynamics Observatory hide caption

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of solar flares early Saturday afternoon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the geomagnetic storm.

Planet Earth is getting rocked by the biggest solar storm in decades – and the potential effects have those people in charge of power grids, communications systems and satellites on edge.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the geomagnetic storm that has been visible as aurora across vast swathes of the Northern Hemisphere. So far though, NOAA has seen no reports of major damage.

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There has been some degradation and loss to communication systems that rely on high-frequency radio waves, NOAA told NPR, as well as some preliminary indications of irregularities in power systems.

"Simply put, the power grid operators have been busy since yesterday working to keep proper, regulated current flowing without disruption," said Shawn Dahl, service coordinator for the Boulder, Co.-based Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA.

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"Satellite operators are also busy monitoring spacecraft health due to the S1-S2 storm taking place along with the severe-extreme geomagnetic storm that continues even now," Dahl added, saying some GPS systems have struggled to lock locations and offered incorrect positions.

NOAA's GOES-16 satellite captured a flare erupting occurred around 2 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2024.

As NOAA had warned late Friday, the Earth has been experiencing a G5, or "Extreme," geomagnetic storm . It's the first G5 storm to hit the planet since 2003, when a similar event temporarily knocked out power in part of Sweden and damaged electrical transformers in South Africa.

The NOAA center predicted that this current storm could induce auroras visible as far south as Northern California and Alabama.

Extreme (G5) geomagnetic conditions have been observed! pic.twitter.com/qLsC8GbWus — NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (@NWSSWPC) May 10, 2024

Around the world on social media, posters put up photos of bright auroras visible in Russia , Scandinavia , the United Kingdom and continental Europe . Some reported seeing the aurora as far south as Mallorca, Spain .

The source of the solar storm is a cluster of sunspots on the sun's surface that is 17 times the diameter of the Earth. The spots are filled with tangled magnetic fields that can act as slingshots, throwing huge quantities of charged particles towards our planet. These events, known as coronal mass ejections, become more common during the peak of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle.

A powerful solar storm is bringing northern lights to unusual places

Usually, they miss the Earth, but this time, NOAA says several have headed directly toward our planet, and the agency predicted that several waves of flares will continue to slam into the Earth over the next few days.

While the storm has proven to be large, predicting the effects from such incidents can be difficult, Dahl said.

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The most disruptive solar storm ever recorded came in 1859. Known as the "Carrington Event," it generated shimmering auroras that were visible as far south as Mexico and Hawaii. It also fried telegraph systems throughout Europe and North America.

Stronger activity on the sun could bring more displays of the northern lights in 2024

Stronger activity on the sun could bring more displays of the northern lights in 2024

While this geomagnetic storm will not be as strong, the world has grown more reliant on electronics and electrical systems. Depending on the orientation of the storm's magnetic field, it could induce unexpected electrical currents in long-distance power lines — those currents could cause safety systems to flip, triggering temporary power outages in some areas.

my cat just experienced the aurora borealis, one of the world's most radiant natural phenomena... and she doesn't care pic.twitter.com/Ee74FpWHFm — PJ (@kickthepj) May 10, 2024

The storm is also likely to disrupt the ionosphere, a section of Earth's atmosphere filled with charged particles. Some long-distance radio transmissions use the ionosphere to "bounce" signals around the globe, and those signals will likely be disrupted. The particles may also refract and otherwise scramble signals from the global positioning system, according to Rob Steenburgh, a space scientist with NOAA. Those effects can linger for a few days after the storm.

Like Dahl, Steenburgh said it's unclear just how bad the disruptions will be. While we are more dependent than ever on GPS, there are also more satellites in orbit. Moreover, the anomalies from the storm are constantly shifting through the ionosphere like ripples in a pool. "Outages, with any luck, should not be prolonged," Steenburgh said.

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The radiation from the storm could have other undesirable effects. At high altitudes, it could damage satellites, while at low altitudes, it's likely to increase atmospheric drag, causing some satellites to sink toward the Earth.

The changes to orbits wreak havoc, warns Tuija Pulkkinen, chair of the department of climate and space sciences at the University of Michigan. Since the last solar maximum, companies such as SpaceX have launched thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit. Those satellites will now see their orbits unexpectedly changed.

"There's a lot of companies that haven't seen these kind of space weather effects before," she says.

The International Space Station lies within Earth's magnetosphere, so its astronauts should be mostly protected, Steenburgh says.

In a statement, NASA said that astronauts would not take additional measures to protect themselves. "NASA completed a thorough analysis of recent space weather activity and determined it posed no risk to the crew aboard the International Space Station and no additional precautionary measures are needed," the agency said late Friday.

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People visit St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the aurora borealis on Friday in Whitley Bay, England. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images hide caption

People visit St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the aurora borealis on Friday in Whitley Bay, England.

While this storm will undoubtedly keep satellite operators and utilities busy over the next few days, individuals don't really need to do much to get ready.

"As far as what the general public should be doing, hopefully they're not having to do anything," Dahl said. "Weather permitting, they may be visible again tonight." He advised that the largest problem could be a brief blackout, so keeping some flashlights and a radio handy might prove helpful.

I took these photos near Ranfurly in Central Otago, New Zealand. Anyone can use them please spread far and wide. :-) https://t.co/NUWpLiqY2S — Dr Andrew Dickson reform/ACC (@AndrewDickson13) May 10, 2024

And don't forget to go outside and look up, adds Steenburgh. This event's aurora is visible much further south than usual.

A faint aurora can be detected by a modern cell phone camera, he adds, so even if you can't see it with your eyes, try taking a photo of the sky.

The aurora "is really the gift from space weather," he says.

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    If the test is more than 72 hours old when they re-enter Canada, they will be required to get a new pre-arrival molecular test in the United States. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers who are eligible to enter Canada must continue to follow pre-arrival, arrival and Day-8 molecular COVID-19 testing requirements, and quarantine for ...

  11. U.S. border is reopening to Canada. What you need to know before you travel

    Beginning Nov. 8, all ports of entry into the U.S., including ferries, will allow non-essential travellers, such as tourists, if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  12. U.S. to open border to fully vaccinated travellers starting Nov. 8

    The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Canada opened its border to U.S. travellers in early August.

  13. U.S. to reopen land border to fully vaccinated Canadians next month

    Senior U.S. officials announced Tuesday night a plan to begin reopening the land borders with Canada and Mexico, which have been closed for non-essential travel since the early days of the COVID ...

  14. Canada travel: Canada reopens border to fully vaccinated Americans

    Last month, the U.S. extended travel restrictions on nonessential travel from Canada and Mexico through Aug. 21 amid growing COVID-19 cases across the country. U.S. borders were first closed in ...

  15. Frequently Asked Questions: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S

    Updated Date: April 21, 2022 Since January 22, 2022, DHS has required non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon request.

  16. Government of Canada's first phase to easing border measures for

    The Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) restricting all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India will be extended until July 21, 2021, as well as the Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19 requiring air passengers who depart India to Canada via an indirect route to obtain a COVID-19 pre ...

  17. Travel health notices

    The COVID-19 vaccines used in Canada are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. They can also provide some protection against infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. It is recommended that you delay travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 until you are feeling better.

  18. Entering Canada

    Step 1. Pre-arrival: Use Advance Declaration or complete a Declaration Card. If you're arriving by air at one of Canada's participating international airports, you can save time at the border. Submit your customs and immigration declaration online using Advance Declaration up to 72 hours before you arrive in Canada.

  19. Canada border: What you need to know before Canada travel

    Canada border:Canada to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated Americans starting Aug. 9 You may run into other COVID-19 travel restrictions. Travelers will be required to follow public health ...

  20. U.S. to lift COVID vaccine mandate for international travellers

    Published May 1, 2023 2:48 p.m. PDT. Share. The U.S. is ending its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travellers and Canadians at the border as of next week, officials announced ...

  21. Government of Canada to remove COVID-19 border and travel measures

    Today the Government of Canada announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022. ... which will align with the approach used in the United States. ... "Canada's travel measures successfully mitigated the full impact of ...

  22. I am an American citizen. What do I need to enter Canada?

    If you are an American citizen who wants to enter Canada, you need to know the requirements and procedures for crossing the border. This webpage provides you with the information on what documents you need, how to apply for an eTA or a visa, and what to expect upon arrival. You can also find links to other useful resources on health, taxes, and benefits in Canada.

  23. International travelers to the US will be able to skip proof of COVID

    The U.S. dropped its COVID testing rule for international flyers in June. Do travelers need a vaccine to cross the Mexico or Canada borders to the US? The Department of Homeland Security also said ...

  24. A new COVID-19 variant FLiRT has emerged. Here's what to know

    Two new COVID-19 subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, are increasingly edging out the winter's dominant strain ahead of a possible summer uptick in coronavirus infections. The new FLiRT ...

  25. Travel alerts

    Travel to or from certain airports might be impacted. Check here for the most up-to-date information about your flight options. Original travel dates. Airports affected. Original ticket purchased on or before. January 8, 2024. Birmingham, AL, US (BHM) Baton Rouge, LA, US (BTR) Panama City, FL, US (ECP)

  26. Exploring Florida's Sunny Shores: Travel Considerations Amidst Covid-19

    However, before packing your bags and heading to Florida's sunny shores, there are important travel considerations to keep in mind in light of the current health crisis. From navigating travel restrictions to prioritizing safety measures, exploring Florida in the midst of COVID-19 requires careful planning and informed decision-making.

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    The huge solar storm is keeping power grid and satellite operators on edge. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of solar flares early Saturday afternoon. The National Oceanic and ...