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U.S. land border with Canada to open November 8th for leisure travel

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OTTAWA, ON – We now know when the American border will finally reopen for Canadians wanting to travel south by car.

According to a White House spokesperson the U.S. land border will open back up on November 8th.

People wishing to travel to the States must be fully-vaccinated and provide proof.

The U.S. official was speaking anonymously as the announcement had not yet been made officially.

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What still isn’t clear though is whether Canadians who mixed COVID vaccines will be allowed across the border.

Info from Canada Border Services Agency

The CBSA is reminding travellers that border measures remain in place for people entering or returning to Canada.

Fully-vaccinated people coming to Canada must still complete the mandatory pre-arrival molecular COVID-19 test and submit their mandatory information. That including includes digital proof of vaccination using the free ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arriving in Canada.

The border services agency stresses that antigen tests, often called “rapid tests”, are not accepted.

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One thing is, for short trips, you can get that test in Canada and it will be accepted when you come back home as long as it was conducted 72 hours before you left. The CBSA says if the test is more than 72 hours old, you’ll have to get a new test in the U.S. before coming back into Canada.

Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland was asked this week if Canada would drop the testing requirement since the Americans will allow proof of COVID-19 vaccination as the only requirement. She said she can’t predict the future, but seemed to leave the door open noting that Canada has always been flexible in adapting to changes when it comes to the pandemic.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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