Prairie Post (East Edition)

CBSA welcomed one million travellers in a week for the first time since the start of the pandemic

- Contribute­d

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) welcomed into Canada more than one million travellers last week (April 11 to 17), the first time travel volumes have been this high since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

This spring and summer, travellers are returning to a border that is managed differentl­y with new requiremen­ts, which can mean delays during peak periods. The CBSA is working to mitigate long border wait times but there are also things that travellers can do to make the process easier for themselves and other travellers.

Travellers can do their part to reduce wait times by always coming prepared with their passport (or other acceptable identifica­tion) and by completing their mandatory ArriveCAN submission, including their COVID-19 vaccinatio­n informatio­n, within 72 hours before arriving at the border.

The CBSA invests significan­t effort annually to plan and prepare for various peak periods. Analysis of projected trends is used to inform resource planning and ensure alignment to service needs. The CBSA has also establishe­d modern processes to improve the traveller experience and manage volumes, like the Internatio­nalto-Domestic and the Internatio­nal-to-Internatio­nal programs that significan­tly decrease connection times, as well as the Primary Inspection Kiosks and the free ArriveCAN App and website.

As COVID-19 public health measures continue to evolve, the CBSA invites travellers to keep abreast of all requiremen­ts by consulting the Government of Canada COVID travel and borders website. Quick facts · Number of travellers in past years (week of the Easter long weekend) in all modes – land, air, marine, and rail:

2019, April 15 to 21: 1,875,542

2020, April 6 to 12: 126,759

2021, March 29 to April 4: 214,055

2022, April 11 to 17: 1,053,523

· Find out if you can enter Canada. There are still border measures in place for COVID-19. Answer a few questions to find out if you can enter Canada.

· Submit your informatio­n in ArriveCAN. You must submit your informatio­n in ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada through the free App or the website. A receipt will be displayed and emailed to you. You should print or take a screenshot of this receipt and bring it with you. Travellers without a smartphone or without mobile data can submit their informatio­n in ArriveCAN by signing in online through a computing device. If travellers are unable to enter their informatio­n themselves, they can have a friend or family member enter the informatio­n for them. As of April 3, 2022, 99.65% of travellers in air mode used ArriveCAN and 94.21% used it in land mode.

· Plan ahead and check border wait times. Avoid crossing during peak travel times like weekend evenings. Consider crossing at the least busy port of entry in the area.

· Be prepared to declare. Have your ArriveCAN receipt, passport or travel documents and proof of vaccinatio­n for all persons in the vehicle, and receipts from purchases outside of Canada ready to present to the border services officer. Be ready to declare all goods purchased and/or received while outside the country.

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