Exemption Allows BC Travelers to Drive Through Washington State to Get Home

Updated: Nov 19

UPDATE:


People stranded and prevented from getting home because of washed out BC roads are reporting you should bring proof you've had two shots of a COVID vaccine plus a passport if your only option is traveling through the US.


It's uncertain if the "QR" code required by the BC government as proof of vaccination will be accepted at a US border crossing. It's also uncertain if the BC enhanced driver's license will work in lieu of a passport. One person has reported success with a photo of their passport.


We think the bottom line here is how you interact with the customs agent, so be nice. Don't demand entry, ask for help


November 18, 2021


The Canadian Border Services Agency has stated publicly given the current situation in BC travelers who must transit through the United States to get to their residence in Canada are exempt from the COVID-19 pre-arrival test, the test in Canada, and quarantine requirements.


The exemptions were already in place anticipating events like the deadly flooding that has cut off major transportation corridors throughout the province.


Exemption – Pre-Arrival Test – By Land S1.T2.I20: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States Exemption – Quarantine S2.T1.I14: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States Exemption – Test in Canada S2.T2.I14: A person who enters Canada to return to their habitual place of residence in Canada after carrying out everyday functions that, due to geographical constraints, necessarily involve entering the United States


Travel time from Osoyoos to the Peace Arch border crossing thru Washington State is about 7 hours.


You can check the current situation in various regions of BC by openings the links below


Local government or local authority websites:


- City of Abbotsford

- City of Merritt

- City of Mission

- Cooks Ferry Indian Band

- Cowichan Valley Regional District

- Fraser Valley Regional District

- Lower Similkameen Indian Band

- Nooaitch Indian Band

- Regional District of East Kootenay

- Regional District of Nanaimo

- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

- Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

- Thompson-Nicola Regional District

- Town of Princeton


Flood Warnings and Advisories LINK


Here are the BC road closures as of November 18th Posted on Drive BC


ROAD CLOSURE MAPS:










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