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Canadian Border Updates
I'm seeing more and more things that point to the Walgreens ID NOW NAAT test being an acceptable one at the border, including from a few camps. It looks and feels like it's acceptable, I just wish someone could get confirmation from the Canadian Border Agency itself but I've tried 3 different times and keep getting the "it should be fine" answer.
I think I'm going to schedule a lab reviewed PCR one 72 hours out and get the Walgreens NAAT one the day before to cover all my bases.
I just called Walgreens to confirm. the Abbott ID NOW test is the same test they also call NAT. Not sure if it's typical for all Walgreens, but the one by me said results in 2 hours.
My understanding is Walgreen's has the NAAT (or NAT) test and that is supposed to be acceptable. Some Walgreen's do their own test analysis which should be a 24 hour turn around time.. Others send out their tests to be analyzed. I would call your local Walgreen's to confirm.. Good luck
Any confirmation if the Walgreens ID NOW test is acceptable? It is a molecular test, so it should be acceptable. I'm planning on crossing the border just after midnight, this damn Covid test is my only stumbling block right now. There are some Covid test sites you can pay a premium (up to $300) to get PCR results expedited, but don't want to do that. Since I plan on crossing just after midnight, the earliest I can get tested is this Friday morning (within 72 hours). Anyone find a place to get an acceptable test with quick results?
I pulled this off the ArriveCAN Site last week.
These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests:
- PCR - Polymerase chain reaction
- RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR
- Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
- Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs)
- Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP)
- Isothermal amplification
- Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)
- Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA)
- RNA (Ribonucleic acid)
- Ct (cycle threshold)
- Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS)
- Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE)
- Detection of the N gene
- Detection of Orf1a/b
- Detection of the S gene
- Detection of the E gene
- Detection of the RdRp gene
Is the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test(NAAT) acceptable to be used to cross the border? I've been told that the PCR rapid test can not be used. I just talked with Walgreens and they administer the NAAT which has a turn around of 5 hours.
I'm digging a bit deeper into the required quarantine plan. There's a checklist here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation.
I originally thought this was going to be as simple as providing the address of the camp I'd be staying at (and it may end up being that simple) but I'm starting to wonder.
You can use the "assess your quarantine" button on that URL to go through some questions. I'm guessing most of us would be thinking that we'd quarantine at the camp that we're staying at if need be but I think there's some further things to think about. It doesn't look like they'd accept a quarantine plan where you would isolate in the same cabin as those that you traveled with if they are not people you normally live with.
I think it will be good to contact/discuss the quarantine plan with your camp so it passes the test so to speak at the border. For example, if you're traveling with a group of 4 and none of you normally live together you'd theoretically need to be able to isolate all 4 people in different cabins and can your camp handle that?
If this was a requirement coming into the U.S. I'd have no concerns because I'd figure the US border folks would probably just rubber stamp any plan but I'm being very cautious about how stringent Canada is going to be about all of these things.
USA will restrict nonessential travel into the US by foreigners, Not American citizens. Reentering the US from Canada will be no problem for US citizens. No covid test or vaccination requirement. This was confirmed by a border agent in International Falls that I spoke with. Look out Lac Seul here I come. My group has all their vaccinations, microchips and all. The government can track me to my houseboat in Canada. Assuming I don't turn into Zombie from the vaccine before then.
The Department of Homeland Security said it plans to continue restrictions on nonessential travel across land borders from Canada until at least Aug. 21, even though Canada has announced it will begin allowing vaccinated Americans to come in beginning Aug. 9.
Even if they strike they got to go to work.So no big deal except they might take there time and slow things up.