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International Border Crossings Crossing the United States/Canada Border

Crossing the United States/Canada Border

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.

COVID-19 Information

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 BEGINNING NOVEMBER 8, 2021

Beginning November 8, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign travelers will be allowed to enter the United States from Canada, for any reason, at land and ferry ports of entry, thus lifting the non-essential travel ban. It is anticipated that travelers at land and water border crossings will not need to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Those who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will NOT be allowed to enter the U.S. from Canada for non-essential purposes, by land or by ferry. 

The following is a list of the vaccines approved by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or by the World Health Organization (WHO).

CROSSING THE BORDER INTO MONTANA FROM CANADA IN JANUARY 2022

Beginning in early January 2022, foreign travelers entering the U.S. by land or ferry—for either essential or non-essential reasons—must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This means that you MUST be vaccinated EVEN IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FOR AN ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.

A foreign visitor flying into the U.S. from Canada will need to show proof of vaccination. The essential travel requirements will no longer apply—you must be vaccinated to enter the U.S. In addition, air travelers will continue to be required to show the results of a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of departure, as described below. All of these requirements will be checked by the airline at the gate and you will not be allowed to get on the plane if you do not meet them.

TRAVELING TO THE U.S. BY AIRPLANE—COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENT

The United States requires all passengers two years of age and older traveling to the United States from any international location to test negative for COVID-19. This requirement is likely to continue into 2022. You will not be allowed to board your flight if you have not completed the PCR COVID-19 testing requirement described here.

MONTANA COVID-19 UPDATES

Although the state of Montana does not require masks, face coverings are required on federal lands when social distancing is not possible—this includes Glacier National Park. There may also be tribe-specific orders on American Indian reservations. Individual businesses throughout the region may require and enforce mask wearing in indoor public spaces—please respect their right to do so.

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.

For more information on Canada border crossings, visit travel.gc.ca. For information on traveling to the United States, visit travel.state.gov.

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Map of Montana's Border Crossings.

*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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