There are still a lot of RV travel restrictions out there, even though much of North America seems to be opening up.
The most noteworthy examples right now are in two Canadian provinces where American RVers are being turned in to authorities for violating RV travel restrictions on nonessential travel.
Resentment against American RVvers who violate the COVID-19 RV travel restrictions have some folks in Alberta and Brtish Columbia more than angry. They're calling the cops.
Take what happened when a group of Americans stopped to eat dinner at a restaurant in Banff. The very sight of the Americans triggered locals to call authorities.
And then there was the case of a group of American RVers stopping for a night to camp in a private British Columbia campground. They also triggered a call to authorities for violating RV travel restrictions.
Both groups of Americans apparently told border guards they would drive straight through Canada to Alaska.
But when they stopped to eat and camp, locals were not happy.
Americans violating RV travel restrictions in British Columbia
In the case at the British Columbia campground, the campground owners were told the Americans had to quarantine there for 14 days because they violated RV travel restrictions.
So the Americans were forced to move to an out of the way spot and not leave, with the private campground owners forced to buy their food and bring it to them during the quarantine – furthering the resentment. (You can read the story here.)
The U.S./Canadian border is closed to nonessential travel until July 21, 2020. That would normally include RVs but Canadian border officials have been letting some through if they said they were going to Alaska and only passing through.
So American tourists have apparently been making it across. But they aren't necessarily going to Alaska. They lied.
Consider this Facebook post from last week:
When asked about the situation and RV travel restrictions, the Canada Border Services Agency told CTV News that “healthy, non-symptomatic foreign nationals” are allowed to drive through Canada for “non-discretionary purposes,” including going to Alaska.
“Transiting travelers will be asked to limit stops along the way and practice social distancing when making essential stops (i.e. facilities use),” said Ashley Lemire, media relations manager with the CBSA. “As per the handout provided upon entry into Canada, travelers should use a drive-thru to stop for food and pay for gas at the pump whenever possible. Additionally, for any period of time in which they are not traveling, for example, if required to spend the night in a hotel (orcampground), then travelers are required to quarantine (for 14 days).”
Again, as we've been reporting here, there are still places fearful of the COVID-19 virus being brought there by outsiders.
The border closing to nonessential travel is in effect until June 21. It is not yet clear whether it will then be lived or whether it will be extended.
But one thing is clear: British Columbia state parks have banned their provincial parks to anyone who is not a resident of BC.
And there are still plenty of RV travel restrictions in the U.S.
For example, Alsaka is not very welcoming right now either.
Everyone entering Alaska from another state or country must follow one of the following options:
- Take a test within 72 hours prior to departure and bring negative test results when you travel, fill out a travel declaration form on arrival, then minimize interactions pending the results of a second test administered within 7-14 days of arrival.
- Take a test within 72 hours prior to departure and travel with results still pending, fill out a travel declaration form, quarantine until you receive negative test results, then minimize interactions pending the results of a second test administered within 7-14 days of arrival.
- Travel without prior testing, fill out a travel declaration form and take a test upon arrival, self-quarantine pending a negative test result, then minimize interactions pending the results of a second test administered within 7-14 days of arrival.
That is not very encouraging for those wanting to go to Alaska right now. But for now, it's beyond me why anyone would want to take an Alaskan RV trip at this time.
Then there's Orgon, where officials say they will keep six of their most popular campgrounds on Coast closed through Labor Day.
Campendum has done an awesome job of tracking what is open and what is not open.
Ten out of 50 state park campgrounds systems are currently closed, have delayed opening, or are open to state residents As of the weekend, 15.71% of U.S. based campsites listed on Campendium are closed due to COVID-19, down from a high of 46%in late April.only: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
So, all this reporting in this article is to let you know that it is still not normal out there for RVers.
Here is more information as you plan your RV travel this summer amidst continuing RV travel restrictions
- Our RV Podcast Episode 297 talked in detail about Summer RV Trip Challenges for 2020
- We wrote an article about 5 New Changes to Expect about RV travel this summer that also talks about places where RVers may be resented
- Check out Our Complete Guide to the Most Helpful RV Resources for 2020 for ideas that will make your travel easier this summer
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