American boater fined, deported from Vancouver Island under Quarantine Act

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VICTORIA – A US vessel has been pulled out of British Columbia waters and the operator has been fined $ 2,000 for not reporting its arrival to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The vessel was discovered near Ucluelet and was ordered to return home Monday by the CBSA and the RCMP after both agencies were notified of the vessel’s presence by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-essential travel is currently restricted to Canada. According to the CBSA, non-essential travel includes sightseeing, excursions or recreational fishing.

“This case is a good reminder to all boaters: you cannot cross the (Canada-US) border for discretionary reasons,” the Pacific Region CBSA said in a tweet Thursday.

“Due to COVID-19, travel restrictions remain in place.”

Meanwhile, travelers arriving in Canada on essential visits must still self-isolate for 14 days.

Although sea-going vessels are prohibited from docking in Canada for non-essential voyages, ships are permitted to cross Canadian waters as long as they take the most direct and uninterrupted route possible.

Ships are permitted to call in Canada for essential reasons, such as refueling or picking up essential supplies.

Earlier this summer, an NFL team owner’s superyacht raised eyebrows in British Columbia after the $ 250 million ship was seen traveling through Johnstone Strait between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

In July, two American boaters were fined for visiting British Columbia while claiming to be in Alaska.

Later that month, the federal government said it was cracking down on the “Alaska Rift” and that stricter measures for American travelers to the northern state were put in place.

Americans hoping to get to Alaska now have some time to get there and must take the more direct route. The CBSA also issues labels to travelers that must be placed on their mirrors indicating their destination and the time they have to get there.

“These improved measures will allow those traveling to Alaska to take the fastest route possible, with minimal contact in communities working hard to contain COVID-19,” said the Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, in a July 30 statement. calm down and be nice, we will all be safe.

With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Penny Daflos

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