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Canada to loosen border testing requirements for short-term visitors to US

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 6:33 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 18, 2021 at 6:17 AM EST
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - Canadians who spend a short time in the U.S. may have an easier time going home.

The Canadian government is expected to lift the COVID-19 testing requirement for Canadians who spend less than 72 hours in the U.S.

In a statement Wednesday, Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, said he welcomed the change. “The burdensome testing requirement has prevented day trippers and short-term visitors from coming to the North Country, and our regional economies have suffered long enough due to the border closure and it is past time that these requirements were adjusted,” he said.

The testing decision comes after house lawmakers met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Right now, travelers over the age of 5 must provide proof of a COVID-19 negative molecular test result when they arrive at a land border crossing to enter Canada.

Wednesday, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-New York, was a part of the group that met with Prime Minister Trudeau about cross-border travel and supply chain issues.

During a phone interview with our Washington Bureau Reporter Kyle Midura, she explained their discussion on dropping testing requirements.

“It was a very productive meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau, as well as his colleagues. This was a bipartisan visit with House leadership. I raised issues important to the North Country, namely making sure that the reopening of our northern border. We have streamlined in terms of what the requirements are for going in both directions. So Canadians coming to U.S., Americans going into Canada, and urged him to drop the testing requirement, which, you know, multiple members of Congress, we’ve led the effort speaking out against,” Stefanik said.

It’s been reported that the Canadian government will make the announcement as soon as Friday.

This only affects permanent residents that take trips less than 72 hours.

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