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Canadian Border Workers Have Stopped Striking Just In Time For The Border Reopening

The unions said "the flow of border traffic will return to normal."

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) strike that saw officials start work-to-rule action has officially ended, just in time for the border reopening.

After a final negotiation that lasted over 36 hours, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), which represent the workers, reached a tentative agreement with CBSA late at night on Friday, August 6, and their work-to-rule action ended immediately.

Canadians were told to expect "long lineups and lengthy delays" at border crossings and airports because of the strike action and Toronto Pearson International Airport asked travellers to give themselves extra time because of the action on Friday.

There were multiple reports of long lineups of trucks that were crossing over from the U.S. to Canada at the land border as well.

PSAC and CIU said that the tentative agreement "ensures the flow of border traffic will return to normal" now and when the Canada-U.S. border reopens on August 9 to allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter the country for non-essential reasons.

The agreement between the union and the federal government includes better protection against excessive discipline in the workplace, the creation of a committee to tackle workplace culture problems at CBSA, paid meal allowance for uniformed members, domestic violence leave and more.

US Border Restrictions Will Be Different Depending On Whether You're Flying Or Driving

Testing requirements at the border vary, even if you're fully vaccinated.👇✈️

Travel restrictions at the U.S. border will vary from November 8, depending on whether you're entering the country via land or air.

While the only people able to enter the United States will be those who are fully vaccinated, there are still COVID-19 testing requirements for anybody arriving on a plane.

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The US Border Fully Reopens Next Month & Here's What You'll Need To Spend On COVID-19 Tests

Even fully vaccinated Canadians will need to fork out for tests!👇💰

If you're planning a trip when the U.S. border fully reopens in November, don't forget to include COVID-19 testing costs in your budget!

That's because fully vaccinated travellers are still required to take a COVID-19 test upon their return to Canada, as well as upon entry to the States if you're arriving via plane.

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Canadians Travelling To The US Next Month Will Still Need A Negative COVID Test To Get Home

Even if you're fully vaxxed, a negative test will be required to return to Canada.👇

Canadians travelling to the U.S. next month will still need a negative molecular test to return home, even if they've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This includes those who are crossing the land border for short trips, including those visiting the States for 24 hours or less.

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Canadians With Mixed Doses Can Now Travel To The US When Its New Vaccine Rules Kick In

People who got a mix and match are now considered fully vaccinated by the U.S.

There is good news for people in Canada who got mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines and want to travel to the U.S. when new vaccination requirements come into effect.

On October 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to include information about what vaccines qualify people as fully vaccinated and how vaccine records should be interpreted.

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