Crossing the border just got a lot more complicated! Travel restrictions between Canada and the U.S. are ramping up this week and travellers will need at least two negative COVID-19 tests to return home.\nSince the start of 2021, both countries have committed to cracking down on incoming travellers in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.\nEditor's Choice: US Travel Rules Include A Ban On Everyone Who Has Recently Visited These Countries\n\nThe Government of Canada is continuing to advise travellers to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Public health measures abroad may not protect you from exposure to #COVID19. https://t.co/JDGDRpVQu8 pic.twitter.com/r49fWLgynw— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) December 30, 2020\n\nNow, both countries require all incoming travellers to provide a negative COVID-19 test before arrival, in addition to quarantine rules.\nWhile the Canadian government continues to urge against all non-essential travel abroad, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering heading across the border:\nWhat are Canada's travel rules?\nWhile there is no outright travel ban in place, Canada’s federal officials have urged Canadians to avoid non-essential trips abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.\nMore recently, this advice has been updated to include vacations within Canada, too.\nIn fact, Justin Trudeau has even urged travellers to cancel any upcoming vacations, both domestic and international.\nIf you do decide to take a discretionary trip, you will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning home.\nYou’ll also have to quarantine for two weeks upon your return.\nThe same applies to visitors coming from outside the country, although international travel restrictions remain in place.\nIn the last few days, the prime minister has suggested that even more restrictions are coming to Canada and an announcement is expected this week.\n\nTo help reduce the spread of #COVID19 travel to Canada remains restricted for all foreign nationals until February 21, 2021. Certain exemptions apply. https://t.co/sMKCs8oudY➡️ Restrictions on travel between 🇨🇦 & 🇺🇸 are still in effect until February 21, 2021. pic.twitter.com/w18xD8JxPb— Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) January 21, 2021\n\nWhat about the United States?\nIn the United States, the rules are also stepping up a notch.\nAs of January 21, all passengers flying into the U.S. are required to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding. \nSimilarly, incoming travellers (including those from Canada) will be required to quarantine upon arrival in the country.\nThis means somebody making a journey between the two countries will be required to take at least two COVID-19 tests to fly, if not more.\nOn January 25, President Joe Biden also reinstated a ban on all non-U.S. travellers who have recently visited countries like the U.K., Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and 26 countries in Europe.\n\nAny passengers travelling to Canada who have been in the United Kingdom, South Africa or Brazil in the previous 14 days will be subject to secondary screening and increased scrutiny of quarantine plans.Learn more about quarantine planning here: https://t.co/q0AdD2lLbq pic.twitter.com/GVr7nZcnj5— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) January 17, 2021\n\nBut aren't the borders closed anyway?\nOn January 12, officials confirmed that the Canada-U.S. border closure had been extended for the tenth consecutive time.\nWhile land borders between the two countries have been closed to non-essential travel for months, travel is still permitted via plane.\nUntil recently, people flying between Canada and the United States were not required to show negative COVID-19 tests prior to taking-off.\nHowever, this is no longer the case.\nWhile eligible Canadians are still technically allowed to head to the States for discretionary purposes, Trudeau’s government continues to warn of the risks.\nPer their advice, Canadians abroad could end up stranded or stuck outside of Canada if either country’s rules were to be updated without notice.