Our friends to the north: Montana and Canada share 13 active border crossings in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. For information on individual border crossings like border wait time between Montana and Canada—along with each port's hours of operation—visit cbp.gov.
CROSSING THE BORDER INTO CANADA FROM MONTANA
Fully COVID-19 vaccinated individuals may be eligible to cross the border from Montana into Canada for discretionary travel, but must meet certain requirements and show proof of vaccination, and are subject to pre-entry and arrival tests as well as a quarantine plan if they are not granted exemptions. Find out if you can enter Canada here, and read more about fully vaccinated exemptions here.
CROSSING THE BORDER INTO MONTANA FROM CANADA
To our friends in Canada wondering about crossing the U.S. border for a Montana visit: While we look forward to seeing you when the time is right, recreational visits are not permitted from Canada into the United States at this time. U.S./Canada ports are only allowing those engaged in essential travel to pass into the United States from Canada.* Numerous travel restrictions have been put in place at both U.S. and Canada ports. You can find more information about facemask requirements, reduced port hours, quarantine requirements, the definition of essential travel and more here.
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL VS. NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL
Essential travel includes travel for work, trade, medical, military and education purposes. Nonessential travel includes things like recreation, shopping, visiting friends and family, etc. For more information on essential vs. nonessential travel between the United States and Canada during COVID-19, read more here.
REDUCED PORT HOURS
Both the United States and Canada have reduced the operating hours of numerous border crossing ports between the two countries. Here's a link to Reduced Port Hours Along the U.S./Canada Border.
ENHANCED HEALTH SCREENINGS
Both the United States and Canada are performing enhanced health screenings at all their ports of entry. You can find more information about these screenings here.
Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is requiring all passengers (ages 2 and older) entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days. Read more about traveling into the U.S. here. Canada also requires valid proof of a negative COVID-19 test (ages 5 and older) taken up to 72 prior to reentry. Read more about traveling into Canada here.
DOCUMENTATION: UNITED STATES – CANADIAN BORDER CROSSING
When crossing the border, a current passport is required for all travelers. If you are crossing the border with minors, be sure to have notarized travel permission letters from their parents or legal guardians. If you are traveling solo with your children, be sure to bring a note of permission from the other parent. United States citizens under the age of 16 may use their birth certificate or naturalization certificate for travel between the United States and Canada.
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*Crossing only available by Waterton Lake boat tour or hiking trails.
**Crossing closes at the end of September and reopens mid-May.
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