New rules requiring a negative COVID-19 test at the U.S. border go into effect Monday

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There could be lineups at Canada’s 117 border crossings with the U.S. beginning on Monday, as non-essential travellers will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the last 72 hours. It’s the next phase of Ottawa’s new travel restrictions, coming into effect on February 15. Travellers by land will be required to show the results of their COVID-19 test. Negative tests need to have been taken within three days of the scheduled arrival at the border, but those permitted to enter the country can also present a positive COVID-19 test, as long as it was taken 14 to 90 days prior to arriving at the border. All visitors or returning residents will still have to quarantine for 14 days after crossing into the country. Although the need to present test results could slow down proceedings at the border, 93 per cent of drivers will be waved through, as essential workers such as truck drivers and medical staff are exempt from the new restrictions.