Canada revives remote border crossing permit, with COVID-19 restrictions

Duluth News-Tribune
OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada Border Services Agency announced Wednesday it is resuming the Remote Area Border Crossing program, which is available for non-residents to cross into Canada in remote areas in parts of northwestern Ontario and southeastern Manitoba.
The permits, which had been on hold for more than two years due to COVID-19 border restrictions, are good for remote crossings along the Minnesota/Ontario border from the Pigeon River through Lake of the Woods; the Canadian shore of Lake Superior; the Northwest Angle; Cockburn Island; and the upper lock system at Sault Ste. Marie. That includes traveling between the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park.
To obtain a permit, individuals will need to submit an application to the agency, including proof of vaccination or medical contraindication.
Canada Border Service Agency officials said they expect a lot of interest in the program and that it may take more time than usual to process the applications.
All persons over age 5 using the permits, except for residents of Minnesota’s Northwest Angle, must show proof of COVID vaccination. And all applicants will be required to use the Arrive Can app or website to document their trip before going into Canada.
Permit holders can’t use their permit to enter Canada if they have tested positive for COVID within the last 10 days or have symptoms of COVID.
Permits issued in 2022 will be valid until Dec. 31, 2023. Permits issued in 2023 and onward will be valid for one year. For more information go to or call 800-461-9999.