The USA is now accepting I-192 Waiver Applications at select Biometrics-Designated land borders. If you wish to hand in your Waiver immediately and have not already done so, we ask that our clients contact our office first before submitting their application.
GENERAL INFORMATION: (subject to change at any time)
#1. If handing your application in at a land border, park your car on the Canadian side. This reduces the risk Canadian Border Service Agency will want to inspect your vehicle on your return.
#2. Commencing August 9th, fully vaccinated Canadians won’t have to quarantine on their return to Canada. BUT (a) the Canadian Government warns they may revoke this if covid positive tests continue to increase; and (b) you MUST be fully vaccinated a full 14 days before returning to Canada.
#3. There is risk that CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) will go on strike. This could cause considerable delays returning to Canada via CBSA office. Parking on the Canadian side might reduce the amount of time you spend during inspection on your return to Canada.
#4. Bring proof you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before your trip AND register in advance for your arrival test. USA ArriveCan to submit proof of vaccine. For more information check here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/entering-canada-checklist
For latest rules, check here:
DRIVING TO CANADA CHECKLIST:
COVID TESTING RULES:
- Vaccine Exemptions: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/driving-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-driving#no-pre-entry-test
IN ADDITION TO FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT OF CANADA RULES, YOU MUST ALSO ADHERE TO YOUR PROVINCIAL RULES.
Why the confusion? We are getting a lot of conflicting information from various ports.
People attend border ports for a variety of reasons. Some people have to get out of their vehicle (ie. Waiver applicants so that they can provide biometrics) and some do not (ie. people renewing visas). Those that do not get out of their vehicle are exempt from quarantine. Likewise, some Waiver applicants may be exempt, if they go to the USA for essential services. In addition, each province may have its own unique set of rules.
You must comply with Federal and Provincial Rules.