Order in council exempts Point Roberts from Covid-19 testing entering Canada

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A Government of Canada order-in-council dated February 14, 2021 mandating that proof of a negative Covid-19 tests no older than 72 hours prior be provided by all travelers entering Canada by land, sea or air specifically exempted individuals traveling to or from Point Roberts as long as they are “a habitual resident of Point Roberts … who enters Canada to return to their place of residence or to access the mainland United States.”

“Habitual” residents of the Northwest Angle, Minnesota or Hyder, Alaska who are entering Canada to “access necessities of life” from the closest Canadian community and residents of Campobello, Island, New Brunswick and Stewart, B.C. who enter the U.S. for necessities of life are exempt as well. Also, students attending Canadian school and parents transporting those students are not required to provide test results; nor are emergency personnel such as firefighters and EMTs who have performed such services in the U.S. are allowed back into Canada.

Canadians who have left the country to obtain medical services in the U.S. are also allowed to return without undergoing testing providing certain requirements are fulfilled such as a statement from a medical professional that the treatment was essential and were provided. Although individuals are allowed to enter Canada to receive medical or dental care, it is unclear what the nature of care needs to be in order to gain entry. An All Point Bulletin request for clarification made to the Public Health of Canada was still outstanding at time of going to press.

To view the order in council, go to bit.ly/2OLYYKZ.

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