According to the CBSA, the maritime border between British Columbia and Washington state will reopen on September 7.
The CBSA’s announcement comes weeks after the rollout of new public health measures that allow fully vaccinated United States (US) citizens to travel north of the border with Canada.
“It’s great to see this announcement today creating certainty around the reopening of the maritime border so fully vaccinated Americans can plan their visit to Victoria,” said Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria.
The announcement means that the Belleville Terminal, Blackball Terminal and Washington State Ferry Terminal, among others, will be able to operate and fully vaccinated visitors from the United States will be able to travel to Vancouver Island by maritime borders.
“The Belleville terminal is an important gateway to the region and a key driver of the region’s economy. The Coho and the Clipper are essential links for the Victorians with our neighbors to the south and we look forward to the reopening of this long-standing border crossing, ”Helps added in a statement Tuesday.
Help attribute today’s CBSA announcement to the region’s 13 mayors and the Chiefs of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations who came together and advocated for the opening of the maritime border “in a coordinated fashion.”
“It is through this kind of collaboration that our region is strong and our regional economy is ready for recovery,” Helps said.
CBSA clarifies that travelers eligible to enter Canada continue to be required to have a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Canada or a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days before departure. in Canada.
Maritime borders have remained closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.