Most Canadians are not permitted to enter the United States by land for leisure purposes, such as visiting relatives or shopping, but they are permitted to fly there. Neither nation denies its own people or permanent residents, and necessary employees, most notably truck drivers, are permitted to pass...
The border between Canada and the United States is one of the longest borders in the world - 638 miles long. The two countries share a boundary based on agreement in 1818 with the Treaty of 1818, which established trade relations but did not settle the ownership of lands beyond their border. In addition, there are three international treaties related to Canadian territory: the Boundary Line Agreement of 1783, the St. Lawrence Seaway Act of 1958, and the Lake of the Woods Agreement of 1933.
Land crossings are restricted to persons with proven identity and citizenship documents, such as passports or birth certificates. Otherwise you will be turned away at the border. There have been cases where individuals have succeeded in crossing the border illegally; however, these cases are rare.
If you're caught crossing the border illegally, you could face arrest and deportation. You should try to enter legally through one of the ports of entry designated by the federal government.
There has been no change to this policy recently. If you're currently prohibited from entering the United States, then you can't do so simply by crossing the border into Canada.
If you are a foreign national, you can travel to and enter Canada. This covers citizens of the United States (US). Only qualified US citizens can go to Canada. Travel during this period is not guaranteed.
Citizens of certain countries may be granted a visa for purposes such as tourism or business. You should contact a Canadian consulate or embassy to find out more about visa requirements for your situation.
It's important to note that if you are arrested while in Canada, you will have the right to speak with a lawyer before any decisions are made regarding your case. You cannot be forced to talk to police without a lawyer present.
In Quebec, there is a province-wide curfew in place due to COVID-19 restrictions. The curfew applies from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. All stores and restaurants are required to close at 9:00 p.m., and no one is allowed on the streets after 11:00 p.m.
Curfews are being implemented across Canada by each individual city or town. The goal is to limit social interaction during this time so that we can slow the spread of COVID-19. They are not mandatory but they are being enforced by police officers who have the power to arrest anyone found on the streets after hours.
Canada and the United States agreed to prolong a prohibition on visitors crossing the border until July 21. Canadians may fly into the United States if they so want, but they must submit a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of boarding a flight. The government has not said what will happen to those who do go through with it.
The following groups are permitted to cross the border into Canada, either by air or by land: immediate family members* of Canadian citizens and permanent residents visiting Canada for non-discretionary purposes; employees of international organizations having their headquarters in Canada; certain foreign workers who were granted a permit to enter Canada; and, most important, refugees.
Generally speaking, if you have a valid passport and sufficient money, you can travel into Canada by plane. Some countries require you to register with the local police station, but otherwise, there are no restrictions for tourists.
You should be aware that illegal immigrants may try to sell their services as "guides" at the border. These people are not registered with the government and cannot help you find anyone or go anywhere else in Canada. They make money by taking you through certain areas of the border where they hope to find work in the country next door.
Illegal immigrants may also try to force their way into Canada. This can happen at any border crossing, but it is more common at bridges and tunnels because these are the only ways into the country from outside its main cities. Be careful not to get involved with people who try to sell you anything at the border or who tell you that you can work in Canada without a visa or residence permit.