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CBSA: Intra-Akwesasne travel still ensured amid small vessel reporting site shutdown


The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says people will be able to move within the Akwesasne community as they temporarily suspend service at certain small vessel reporting sites, small airports of entry, ferry terminals and to the Remote Area Border Crossing (RABC) program.

They will remain in effect until further notice, CBSA said.

“The CBSA remains committed to ensuring that Indigenous people continue to be able to move within and between their communities and are able to provide and access essential goods and services,” the agency said in a prepared statement.

The CBSA will proceed with the temporary suspension of service at a total of 342 small vessel reporting sites and 126 small airports. Air and marine traffic will be redirected as appropriate.

The small vessel reporting locations are primarily marinas and telephone reporting sites that support recreational boating. With the high-traffic boating season fast approaching, the CBSA typically observes an increase in the volume of travelers coming to Canada at these sites for recreational purposes, which are currently prohibited.

The agency is redirecting air and marine traffic to ports of entry where the CBSA maintains or can deploy officer presence.

Additionally, a number of ferry operators have decided to suspend services between Canada and the United States. This decision was made independently by each ferry operator.

The Remote Area Border Crossing Program (RABC), which is only available in parts of northwestern Ontario and southeastern Manitoba, has been temporarily suspended. Permit holders cannot use their RABC permit to enter Canada until current Canadian travel restrictions are lifted.

The Government of Canada continues to introduce border measures to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada. All discretionary or optional travel into Canada continues to be prohibited (status card holders are exempt).

This temporary suspension of service will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as the public health situation evolves, CBSA said.

Travelers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering upon entry to Canada and while in transit to isolation or quarantine, unless the mask or face covering needs to be removed for security or safety reasons, CBSA said.

Travelers (status card holders are exempt) who are granted entry into Canada will be informed of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s mandatory 14-day isolation requirement. This is mandatory for all coming into Canada (status card holders are exempt) even if they do not have any symptoms, as they are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others. If they do have symptoms, they will be referred to a health professional.

Travelers (status card holders are exempt) will also be required to provide their contact information and place of isolation to help PHAC monitor and enforce compliance with the 14-day isolation requirement.


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