The Canada-US Border will remain closed until March 21st, with possibility of extension. All non-essential travel will be turned away from all land border crossings, regardless if the individual has a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination at this time. CBSA and Minister Blair have also confirmed that all international travel restrictions (testing and quarantine requirements) will remain in place until April 31st, 2021, with possibility of extension. President Biden also introduced orders which require all international travellers entering/returning to the US to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure in addition to mandatory quarantine.
There is no timeline as to when the Canada-USA border may re-open to leisure travel. CBSA has also confirmed that all international travel restrictions will remain in place until April 31st, with possibility of extension.
In the case of the new travel restrictions/requirements, non-essential travelers that may be permitted to enter Canada via a land border crossing has not changed. This is a list of non-essential travelers that may be permitted to enter: Snowbirds or travelling Canadian residents who are returning to Canada American business owners with a valid work permit, so long as their business is deemed essential. Residents of North Angle, MN (Lake of the Woods area) Parents with dependent children who share custody, who live on separate sides of the border Compassionate/caregiver cases CBSA has made it clear that any American currently seeking entry to Canada for non-essential purposes (i.e. leisure, recreation, weddings, visits, upkeep of property, etc.) will be turned away immediately, regardless if they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours and/or a vaccine card.
Please know that we, along with our colleagues, are demanding that our government give us clear direction and information on the status of the border opening for the 2021 season. We can not operate on a month to month basis as was expected of us in 2020. This is especially not fair to our guests who if not able to come to Canada need time to make alternate plans in their home country. We will not book our cabins in the event that the border does open. Our guests have priority.
ONAWAY IS ONCE AGAIN OFFERING THOSE GUESTS WHO ARE BOOKED IN FOR 2021 BUT UNABLE TO COME DUE TO THE BORDER CLOSURE TO CARRY THEIR RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT THROUGH TO 2022. WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE REFUNDS. IF WE ARE PROVIDED THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM OUR GOVERNMENT TO REFUND DEPOSITS EACH GUEST THAT WANTS TO CANCEL THEIR RESERVATION WILL HAVE THE DEPOSIT RETURNED