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Stricter rules coming for foreigners heading through Canada to Alaska

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Travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border are about to get even tighter.

Temporary restrictions on all discretionary travel remain in place, but as of July 31, stricter rules and additional entry conditions will apply to those transiting through Canada to Alaska.

Foreign nationals will now be required to enter the country at one of five identified CBSA ports of entry. Those include the Abbotsford-Huntingdon, Coutts, Kingsgate, North Portal and Osoyoos crossing stations.

Travelers will be allowed a reasonable period of stay to carry out the transit but will be under limited travel guidelines, allowing them to use only the most direct route from the port of entry to the intended port of exit.

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Those in-transit will also be issued a vehicle “hang tag” to be attached to their rear view mirror for the duration of their trip.

Following admission to Canada, in-transit travelers are provided with a Public Health Agency of Canada handout.

The document states that that travelers should avoid contact with others while in transit, remain in the vehicle as much as possible, not make any unnecessary stops, utilize drive throughs and pay-at-the-pump gas stations and wear a suitable mask or face covering whenever possible.

Before re-entering the U.S, travelers will also have to report to the nearest CBSA port of entry to confirm their exit from Canada.

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These measures are put in place to minimize the amount of time that in-transit travelers are in Canada and further reduce the risk of COVID -19 transmission.

For the latest on cross-border programs and services, travelers can call the CBSA’s Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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