Category Archives: Travel

Confusion at Canadian airports: Few details on COVID-19 testing rules for travellers

EDMONTON — Confusion has been growing at some Canadian airports that say they want more direction from the federal government since it changed COVID-19 testing rules for travellers. As health officials from around the world warned about the new Omicron...

U.S. to require all inbound foreign air passengers to get COVID test the day before

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden set out to turn the tables on the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday with a 10-point winter offensive against the Omicron variant that further complicates flying from Canada to the United States on the eve of the

Alberta ups screening, tracing as it prepares for first Omicron COVID-19 cases

EDMONTON — Alberta does not yet have any reported cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, but the province's chief medical officer of health says it's realistically only a matter of time. "It is very likely that Omicron will eventually reach

U.S. not currently contemplating wider travel limits in face of Omicron, Biden says

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging Americans to confront Omicron with caution instead of panic, insisting Monday it's too soon to say whether the heavily mutated, highly contagious COVID-19 variant will demand wider limits on travel into the Un...

New ‘Omicron’ variant prompts Canada to ban visitors from southern Africa

OTTAWA — Canada is closing its borders to visitors from southern Africa after the discovery of a concerning new COVID-19 variant was detected in the region. The new variant, dubbed Omicron, first emerged in South Africa and coincided with a steep

Ottawa clarifies COVID-19 travel exemption on B.C.-U.S. border during floods

OTTAWA — The federal minister of emergency preparedness says border guards have been advised that British Columbia residents can cross into the United States for essential supplies because of flooding in the province after some were reportedly facing f...

A ‘one-way door’: Ottawa goes slow on easing testing rule for Canada-U.S. travellers

WASHINGTON — Ottawa is effectively installing "one-way" signs along the road to the Canada-U.S. border, critics complained Friday as the federal government promised to stop requiring costly COVID-19 tests to enter the country — but only for Canadian ci...

Fully vaccinated Canadians jam land border as U.S. finally eases travel restrictions

WASHINGTON — Anticipation turned to elation Monday as fully vaccinated Canadians visited loved ones, vacation properties and popular American shopping haunts after the United States finally eased southbound travel restrictions along the world's longest...

All lanes open Monday at Canada-U.S. land border, but PCR test still a drag on travel

WASHINGTON — The southbound lanes on the road to North America’s post-pandemic recovery will finally reopen Monday as the United States ends nearly 20 months of controversial COVID-19 exile and allows fully vaccinated travellers to cross the Canada-U.S...

U.S. commerce secretary agrees to meet quarterly with Canada’s industry minister

WASHINGTON — There may be gale-force winds of change in America's long-term political forecast, but Canada will keep pressing its case with the White House and Congress regardless of who ends up in control of Capitol Hill next year, Industry