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Avoid Traveling to Canada Says the U.S. CDC

January 11, 2022 • 2:23 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Advisory: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Canada on January 10, 2022. The CDC says 'avoid traveling to Canada.'

And if you must travel to Canada, 'make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.' However, because of the current situation in Canada, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.'

If you decide to travel to Canada, the U.S. Department of State suggests visiting the U.S. Embassy's webpage regarding COVID-19. Fully vaccinated foreign travelers can travel to the U.S. across the Northern border with Canada.

Separately, the Canadian government issued detailed data about the spread of the virus on January 11, 2022. Of the 13 Canadian jurisdictions reporting updates, no new deaths were reported in six provinces and territories in the past 24 hours.

The U.S. suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate American citizens in an emergency.

Land border restrictions for travel to the U.S. remain in effect through January 21, 2022, and maybe extended.  

If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired U.S. passport to return directly to the United States until March 31, 2022. See this State Department webpage to determine if you qualify for this exception.

The U.S. Department of State updated its passport FAQs on January 10, 2022.