Delta residents can immediately make essential trips into Point Roberts for gas and groceries without needing a costly COVID-19 (PCR) test to return through the Canadian border.
Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair announced Sunday (Nov. 21) that British Columbians from border communities can make those quick trips as they deal with a shortage of gasoline and groceries caused by transportation challenges in the aftermath of the Nov. 15 storm. A number of B.C. highways remain completely or partially closed including the Coquihalla and Trans-Canada. The Trans Mountain pipeline is also temporarily out of operation.
“For example, someone in a border community such as Delta, B.C. and needed to gain access to the United States at Point Roberts in order to fuel their vehicle, they would be able to do so for that essential purpose and then return without the requirement of providing a PCR test,” said Blair during yesterday’s press conference.
Last Friday, Ottawa announced the PCR test would no longer be required for fully-vaccinated Canadians making short non-essential trips to the U.S., 72 hours or less, effective Nov. 30.
Travelers will still need to enter the required information into the ArriveCAN app where it will be reviewed at the Canadian border.