It’s been over two years since Vermonters and Canadians could move freely between borders with just passports. Since the pandemic began, border closings and testing requirements have kept families, friends and couples apart and made tourism suffer.
Travel is now closer to being “back to normal” than its ever been after Canada dropped its requirement for a negative molecular COVID test for fully vaccinated travelers in April.
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Although a test is no longer required for the fully vaccinated, Vermonters gearing up to visit Canada and Canadians going back home from a trip to Vermont must still take time to fill out online paperwork and have information ready at the border. Here are three things to remember:
ArriveCan is an app that smart phone users can download for free from their app store and can also be accessed by computer online. The app is used by Canadian border officials to keep track of vaccination status of travelers and to confirm quarantine plans and contact information in case of infection during a visit.
Anyone who crosses the Canadian border must fill out an ArriveCan form 72 hours or less before traveling. Travelers must enter proof of vaccination, passport information, travel details and plans for quarantining in case of infection. If you made an ArriveCan account in the past, the process will be faster as the app saves passport and vaccination information.
After filling out the online paperwork, you will receive an ArriveCan receipt that can be accessed on the app, sent to your email or printed out for border officers.
The receipt will have a letter on it indicating your eligibility to cross the border. If a A, V or I appear on your receipt, you are most likely eligible to cross the border. If none of these letters appear, you are not eligible to cross the border or you have not entered your proof of vaccination.
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When crossing the border by car, cell phone service at border control can be minimal, which affects travelers’ ability to access the internet-dependent ArriveCan app. Screenshot or print your receipt ahead of time to avoid stress.
Although most of Montréal is accessible without a mask, you still will need one for using public transit and in some other places that privately require or recommend them. The requirement of wearing a mask in most public spaces was lifted on May 14.
To further understand and check requirements and exemptions for crossing the border, visit the Canadian border website: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions
Contact Urban Change Reporter Lilly St. Angelo at lstangelo@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @lilly_st_ang

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