Traffic Delays from International Falls to Fort Frances
Travelers coming in and out of Canada should expect to see some long wait times, as the Canada-US border reopened on Monday to non-essential traffic and family and loved ones are able to see each other for the first time in almost two years.
The wait time for crossing the border was as long as seven hours yesterday. President Tricia Heibel of the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce said it was “wild to see” the long lineup of cars from International Falls to Fort Frances.
Before the pandemic, “we would have lineups happen, sometimes on, like a Thursday or Friday, for people crossing over into Saturday or Sunday travel. You know, little bits of spikes every once a while,” said Heibel. “They would get a little bit longer, but they’ve traditionally moved a lot faster than they are today with the new crossing requirements. I’ve not seen them this long before.”
As of Monday, Travellers from the US are allowed to travel into Canada, as long as they are fully vaccinated and it has been at least two weeks since they have received a Health Canada-approved vaccine, and they have a negative COVID-19 test.