Now that the border has been open for some time since COVID, restrictions for crossing the Canadian border in an RV have relaxed…
Land border crossing between Canada and the United States was closed for 19 months during the pandemic & highly restricted shortly after borders reopened.
Crossing the Canadian border by land has been reopened for some now, and Canada has since relaxed their restrictions. They're now similar to what they were pre-pandemic.
However, there are still some things you need to be aware of that will make your trip to Canada much easier.
We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases at no added cost to you. Thank you for your support. You can read our full affiliate disclosure here.
Crossing the Canadian Border After COVID
When Canada reopened its borders, there were specific procedures and documentation (i.e., proof of vaccination) you had to show to ensure the safety of their country. We'll notate those changes, but also explain the current restrictions as of the writing of this article.
Recommended Use of the ArriveCAN App
Shortly after Canada reopened its borders, it was required to use an app called ArriveCAN to cross the Canadian border. Using this app is currently not an option for land-border-crossers; it's currently only for travelers arriving at selected Canadian airports.
So, if you're crossing the border in your RV, you'll need to present your information the “old-fashioned” way, which may take some time.
But, remember, Canada's crossing procedures have been very fluid since COVID. So, it's worth checking the app for updates in case it becomes useful for RVers. ArriveCAN is available for iOS, Android and web.
You No Longer Need to Prove COVID-19 Vaccination
When the border first reopened, Canada required proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country. However, this is no longer the case. The same is true for pre-entry and arrival testing.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and pre-entry COVID-19 testing is no longer required at the Canadian border.
The government's website, however, does state, “If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you shouldn't travel to Canada.”
Mike and Jennifer's Summer T-Shirts for your next adventure
What Else You Need to Know About Crossing the Canadian Border
Aside from the more recent travel requirements due to COVID, there are still plenty of other things you need to be aware of before you go RVing to Canada.
No Firearms or Fireworks
For one, you cannot bring a firearm (handgun, hunting rifle, etc.) into Canada unless you’ve gone through the (usually lengthy) process to get approval. Canada does not honor your concealed carry permit and trying to take an unapproved firearm into the country can result in serious jail time. The same is true for fireworks or explosives.
Pet Vaccination Records
Secondly, you need to make sure to bring all vaccination records for your pets that are traveling with you. It also helps to bathe your pets before reaching the border if they’ve been playing outdoors a lot because they can deny sickly pets from crossing the border, too. Of course, if your pet is actually sick, then you shouldn’t try to take them across the border.
No Cannabis Products
Third, you cannot take cannabis or any products containing cannabis (including CBD) across the Canadian border in either direction. It doesn’t matter whether it’s legal at your point of entry or exit on either side of the border.
Consent Forms for Children
Fourth, if you’re traveling with children who aren’t your own, even if they are your grandchildren, you need letters of consent from the parents allowing you to take them across the border. If you are a divorced or separated parent with your children, you must bring a letter of consent from the other parent. It’s also a good idea to have a letter authorizing you to seek and consent to medical treatment for each child from the parents.
While those are the most important things to know when crossing the Canadian border, you can check out these additional tips for entering Canada.
More Resources for RVing to Canada
EZBorderCrossing is an excellent source of information about Canadian border crossing procedures. You can also refer to the CBSA website, where you can also check current wait times at the various border crossings and learn more about new restrictions.
Love Canada but want to stay state-side?
Mike and Jennifer's Great Lakes Shoreline Tour (U.S. Side)
The Great Lakes region is filled with beautiful vistas, welcoming towns and villages, and fabulous places to camp, hike, and explore.
We were so taken with the adventure of this trip that we just knew we had to write one of our Adventure Guides about it!
But instead of the usual 7 Days that some of our other guides can be done in, with this one, we’re suggesting that you budget more time. This is why we are calling it a “Tour” instead of a 7-Day Guide! There are 86 pages in this new ebook.
In this new Great Lakes Shoreline Tour we cover in detail:
- Notable U.S. Cities/Towns along each Great Lake (US side) like; Watertown, Grand Island, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Vermillion, Mackinaw City and so many more!
- What to See/Do Around EACH Lake like; Ocqueoc Falls Scenic Site, Les Cheneaux Islands, Antique Boat Museum, and many, many more places including BONUS side trips!
- And good Campgrounds for each Lake (US side) – at least 4 or 5 for EACH Lake! With all the info you need to set up reservations.
Mike and Jennifer's Ultimate Michigan and Great Lakes Bundle – THREE ebooks
This bundle contains our ever-popular Michigan Upper Peninsula 7-Stop Adventure Guide PLUS the NEW LOWER Michigan Adventure Guide PLUS the US Side Tour of the Great Lakes! This ULTIMATE Bundle will help you keep enjoying Michigan and the Great Lakes for years!