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Curious to know how long it took and if you encountered any issues.
There are many things that need to be done in advance. At present, only vaccinated may cross and acceptable proof of vaccination and acceptable negative test within 72 hours are among SOME of the criteria for entry into Canada. More in the link below.
(I know opinions vary widely regarding the virus, the vaccine, testing, etc. Please refrain from going down that road. I respect your opinion but I am only interested in recent experiences regarding a crossing by vehicle)
Got back today with no problem coming or going other than my sons negative test result coming after getting to the border ending in having to get a rapid test in Buffalo costing $225, just a delay $$$ and a pia. Once the test was completed it was the easiest crossing I’ve had in my 45 yrs of going
Crossing at Peace Bridge was quick and easy. But I got in line at 7:45 am with only 2 vehicles in front of me. Both of those vehicles took a while and the NY pick up in front of me was directed to the side for further inspection. Canadian customs only asked me my citizenship, where I was headed, why, how long I would be in Canada, what I had to declare, and if I had any firearms. They looked at my passport, asked if I had a vaccine, asked to see proof of my negative test, and did not want to see my ArriveCan receipt. I was not required to remove my mask so they could see my entire face. Asked me about exposure and symptoms and then I was on my way.
There was some great information on the discussion board of Muskie First (thanks Mikie for directing me there!) regarding the tests and printouts that seem to be favored by Canada at the crossings. I did get the RT-PCR molecular and the lab was right at the test site. My results also have a QR code and that seems to help too from the M-1st discussion. Not sure if it helped, but I did hand them my paperwork and documents with a gloved hand.
On the way back into the US commercial trucks were backed up all the way to Duty Free but the auto lane was wide open and there was no one in front of me at around 2 pm. US Officer asked citizenship, city and state of residence, where I was and why, how long I was gone, and what I was bringing back in. Asked me to remove mask so he could compare my face to passport and had me open tailgate so he could look in bed of truck. I offered to roll up bed cover but he declined and I was on my way.
Did not see a whole lot of US license plates on the highways.
I'm sorry you felt insulted by my remark. I thought it was just a meme from an extreme website, didn't know anyone would really think that way. I do get upset when I see/hear folks running down other successful democracies. There are democracies, and there are authoritarian states. As part of The Greatest Generation, my parents both served to keep authoritarianism off of America's shores. We need more generations like that. m
I'd echo what Adam posted. Additionally, I didn't have a QR code on my test, and it didn't appear to negatively impact our crossing. I also tested at a CVS drive-thru; it was easy, and I ended up getting my results back in approximately 18 hours.