COVID-19

Border opening: Americans are forced to turn back

If fever and excitement were palpable at the Saint Bernard de Lacole border crossing when the Canadian border opened to fully vaccinated American tourists on Monday, some travelers had to turn back for lack of paperwork or tests.

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“Especially people who came without fully completing ArriveCAN or having an incorrect negative COVID test. So it’s more of an antigen test than a molecular test, ”explained Marie-Yves Letelier of the Canadian Border Guard Agency (CBSA).

American tourists wishing to enter the country must meet certain conditions, in particular that they must be fully vaccinated for at least 14 days and receive one of the Health Canada-approved vaccines.

They must also have proof of a negative COVID test taken less than 72 hours before entering Canada.

However, the opening of the border amid rising COVID-19 cases in Quebec worries many.

However, according to Roxana Borges da Silva, a professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Public Health, this is a “calculated risk.”

“In this context, this is a risk that we are taking, but it is a low risk, a risk that is very calculated,” she said in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

– according to Andy Saint-André

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