The Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) will temporarily reduce hours at some if its border crossings, including three in BC.
The decision, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will see as many as 27 locations crossings reduce hours.
Border crossings at Nelway, on Highway 6 south of Salmo, Cascade near Christina Lake and Rykerts, south of Creston, all will have hours reduced effective (Wednesday) April 15, 2020 at 8:59 pm PDT. These changes will remain in effect until further notice.
The CBSAsaid economic supply chains and trade will remain open and we will work to ensure that access to goods and services is not interrupted. As such, these changes should not affect commercial traffic.
The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that Indigenous people continue to be able to move within and between their communities, and are able to provide and access essential goods and services.
- This temporary reduction of service hours will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as the public health situation evolves.
- As of March 21, there is a temporary 30-day restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border, including but not limited to tourism and recreation.
- Travellers who are granted entry into Canada will be informed of Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement. This is mandatory for all coming into Canada even if they do not have any symptoms, as they are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others. If they do have symptoms, they will be provided a mask and referred to a health professional.
- Travellers will also be required to provide their contact information and place of isolation to help PHAC monitor and enforce compliance with the 14-day self-isolation requirement.