Remote Area Border Crossing Program

COVID-19: Latest update

Short trips 72 hours or less by land and air

Starting , Canadians or individuals who have right of entry, qualify as fully vaccinated travellers and who re-enter Canada within 72 hours of leaving, won’t have to provide a pre-entry molecular test result. This will also apply to their accompanying children under 12, regardless of whether or not the children are vaccinated.

Individuals with right of entry include: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, those registered under the Indian Act, and their accompanying children under 12.

Travel restrictions to Canada are still in place. Visit Current border measures and requirements for information about how COVID-19 is affecting travellers, border services, programs and business.

The Remote Area Border Crossing Program facilitates the border clearance process for individuals wishing to cross the border into Canada in certain remote areas.

Temporary suspension

As part of border measures intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada temporarily suspended its Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) program as of May 12, 2020. This temporary suspension remains in effect as long as COVID-19 border restrictions are in place. You may not use a RABC permit to enter Canada until current Canadian travel restrictions are lifted and the program is officially reinstated.

The CBSA will keep members up to date as this situation evolves.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and persons registered under the Indian Act have a right of entry to Canada.

All other travellers must be travelling for an essential or non-discretionary reason (non-optional). Exempted travellers must report to an open port of entry to enter Canada.

More information

Program eligibility

Citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are eligible to apply for a RABC permit:

U. S. citizens and permanent residents must meet normal Canadian visitor legislative requirements, as described in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. In general, visitors must be in good health and law-abiding, and they must have sufficient funds for their stay in Canada.

For more information on immigration requirements for visitors to Canada, see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

You may not qualify for a RABC permit if one of the following applies:

Northwest Angle Area

Travellers entering Canada from the Northwest Angle Area, Minnesota, must contact the Telephone Reporting Center (TRC) before entering Canada, which can be done using a personal cellular phone or an Outlying Area Report Station phone to call 1-888-226-7277 or 905-679-2073.

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