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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced stricter rules and entry conditions imposed on travellers transiting through Canada to Alaska for non-discretionary purposes. These measures are put in place to further reduce the risk of introduction of COVID-19 cases and to minimize the amount of time that in-transit travellers are in Canada.

For Foreigners transiting to Alaska here are the ports of entry (POE) you are limited to:

  • Abbotsford-Huntingdon (British Columbia)
  • Coutts (Alberta)
  • Kingsgate (British Columbia)
  • North Portal (Saskatchewan)
  • Osoyoos (British Columbia)

You will be allowed a reasonable period of stay in Canada to reach Alaska.

You will be limited to travel within Canada using the most direct route from the port of entry to reach Alaska, while avoiding all national parks, leisure sites and tourism activities.

You will be required, before entering the U.S., to report to the nearest CBSA port of entry to confirm their exit from Canada (most likely Beaver Creek).

In-transit travellers will be issued a vehicle “hang tag” to be attached to their rear view mirror for the duration of their trip to or from Alaska to support compliance while they are in Canada. The front of the tag will make it clear that the travellers are transiting and include the date they must depart Canada. The back of the tag will remind travellers to comply with all conditions imposed upon entry and the Quarantine and Emergencies Acts and a list of public health and safety measures to follow.

These measures also apply to foreign nationals transiting to the U.S. through Canada from Alaska. However, entry into Canada from Alaska on the northern border is not limited to designated POEs. Additional measures might be imposed at time of entry by a border services officer (BSO).

Upon arrival at one of the designated POE, in-transit travellers must satisfy a BSO that they meet the requirements for entry into Canada. Travellers are encouraged to have documentation that will demonstrate their purpose of travel. The final decision is made by a BSO, based on the information available to them at time of entry.

Following admission into Canada, in-transit travellers are provided with a Public Health Agency of Canada handout. The document clearly states that travellers should:

  • avoid contact with others while in transit
  • remain in the vehicle as much as possible
  • not make any unnecessary stops
  • practice physical distancing at all times
  • pay at the pump if they need gas
  • use a drive through if they need food
  • wear a suitable mask or face covering while in transit
  • ensure good hygiene practices if they need to use a rest area
  • In-transit travellers are encouraged to use only those services that are open to travellers along the direct route on which they are travelling.

Travellers who arrive at a non-identified POE for the purpose of transiting to Alaska will be denied entry and advised to go to one of the five identified POEs.

No matter the reason for travel, all foreign nationals who have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Providing false information to a BSO may lead to consequences such as being denied entry and/or banned from returning to Canada.

Once you reach Watson Lake, Yukon there is a check-stop where you will receive further instructions for your travel through the Yukon. You will have 24 hours to reach your port of exit/entry into Alaska. 

COVID-19 public health measures are enacted by the Canadian and US governments currently border crossing limited to essential traffic only until November 21st. (It was extended on October 19th and it is very likely to get extended by the Canadian government again next month)

The measure was implemented on March 21, 2020, at which time the U.S. and Canada have temporarily restricted all non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canada land border. The measure was originally in place for 30 days. Since then it has since been extended on a monthly basis.

Supply chains, including trucking, will not be impacted by this new measure. Americans and Canadians also cross the land border every day to do essential work or for other urgent or essential reasons, and that travel will not be impacted.

On April 17, 2020 the Government of Yukon implemented an additional Border Control Measures Order which explains exactly who and under what circumstances entry will be permitted. Travellers entering Yukon will be required to produce appropriate identification and documentation and a detailed self-isolation plan.

Limited Entry into Yukon is permitted. 

  • people entering a Yukon airport building or terminal have to wear a non-medical mask or face covering;

  • residents from British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut can travel to Yukon without self-isolating;

  • residents from other parts of Canada can travel to Yukon, but will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving in the territory;

  • Delivering a critical or essential service
  • Transiting through Yukon to go to Alaska (24-hour limitation)

For Alaskans or US citizens trying to drive up to Alaska through Canada please call the Canada Border Services Agency: 1-800-461-9999 (from Canada) or 1-204-983-3500 (Outside Canada). Safe travels and stay healthy!

Crossing the border between Canada and Alaska by road is usually simple although there are some requirements to be aware of. Wait times at border crossings are generally short or even non-existent. In addition to providing travel documents, you may be asked about your travel plans and what you are bringing into the country, particularly fruits, meat and other plant and animal products, alcohol and firearms. Be prepared with your identification ready. It’s a good idea to know what you can and can’t bring across the border, and what you need to declare. Here are some useful links:

Traveling to Canada from the U.S.

Canada Border Services Agency

1-800-461-9999 • www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca 

United States Customs and Border Protection

(202) 325-8000 • www.cbp.gov

If you are traveling with your pet, you must bring Proof of Rabies vaccinations for a dog. This is recommended but not required for cats.

Personal Exemptions All articles acquired in Canada must be declared. There is an $800 exemption for gifts and personal articles, including one liter of alcoholic beverages per person over 21 every 30 days.

CBP officers can inspect you and your belongings without a warrant. This may include your luggage, vehicle, and personal searches.

Customs Stations

British Columbia, Canada

Klondike Highway #2
Fraser, British Columbia • (867) 821-4111
Year-round: 8 am – midnight (Yukon time)

Haines Highway #3
Pleasant Camp, B.C. • (907) 767-5540
Year-round: 8 am – midnight (Yukon time)

Southeast Alaska

Klondike Highway #2
Skagway, Alaska • (907) 983-2325
Year-round: 7 am – 11 pm (Alaska time)

Haines Highway #3
Dalton Cache, Alaska • (907) 767-5511
Year-round: 7 am – 11 pm (Alaska time)

Yukon 

Alaska Highway #1
Beaver Creek, Yukon • (204) 983-3500
Year-round, 24 hours

Top of the World Highway #9
Little Gold Creek, Yukon
May – Sept: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (Yukon time)

Interior Alaska

Alaska Highway #2
Alcan, AK • (907) 774-2252
Year-round, 24 hours

Top of the World Highway #9
Poker Creek, Alaska
May – Sept: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (Alaska Time)

Dall Sheep with Denali Mountain

56 Comments

  1. Please advise me what date the “Top of the world highway” closes for winter usually. Thanks.

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    • The highway is open during May – September (for exact dates call the information centre in Dawson City at (867) 993-5566)

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      • Is thier any date set when they will allow Rv travel from the US to Alaska

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        • We aren’t aware of any timeline that will allow regular RV travel. It will all depend on how soon this pandemic slows down enough where it is safe to do so again.

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        • My family and I are relocating to Alaska and I will be working as a nurse. Do we only have 24 hours to make it all the way through to Anchorage? Do I need a passport to enter back into Alaska?

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  2. I want to bring my grandchildren, do they need passports? Will birth certificates work?

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    • You will need their passports and also a permission letter from their legal guardians. In the letter you’ll want to include details like how long the trip is and when you will be back.

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  3. Travelling to Alaska from Canada in my RV, what meats am I allowed to bring?

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  4. Canadian citizens traveling from Yukon to Alaska resrictions: can I bring fresh eggs, frozen fresh meat, fresh fruit, or vegetables? Next canned or dehydrated foods such as canned fish, dry pasta, dry cereal, packaged potatoes chips, roasted nuts? What quantity of wine, beer or spirits? Cigarettes?
    Tools: can I bring axe, chain saw.
    Weapons there will be no fire arms. What about bear spray?
    Documents will be passports. BC identification. Proof of extended medical.
    Pharmaceuticals I would bring are prescription or over the counter aspirin, Tylenol, anititch, Benadryl, antacids, diarrhoea med, antibacterial ointment.

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  5. I am looking to travel from Washington state back home to Alaska and driving in Jan. Would the road from Canada to Alaska be closed?

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  6. The Alaska Highway Canada/US border is open year-round. Safe travels!

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  7. good morning, we are 2 Italian tourists. Next November 9 we would like to go from Whitehourse to haines for the eagles festival. Is it possible to cross the border with a rental car at Whitehourse? On November 14 we should return from Haines to Whitehourse. Please help me to know if it will be possible? Thank you so much and greetings from Italy. Bruno

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    • Yes, you can cross the border with your rental vehicle into Alaska.

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  8. I want to travel through Canada border to get to Alaska. If I have my passport has there been any restrictions due to the coronavirus?

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    • HI Tiffanie! There are currently no restrictions at the Canadian border in place due to COVID-19.

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  9. I’m trying to move from Florida to Alaska within the next 2 weeks is there any restrictions do to The covid 19?

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  10. I am in AZ and want to travel home to Alaska through Canada like I normally do. Will Canada let us cross the border and proceed to Alaska without quarantine? I realize once in AK we have to quarantine for 2 weeks.

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  11. I have two loads of trusses going Haines ak from anchorage i need some information on how long of a trailer is legal and how wide the load can be with out pilot cars and whatits going to cost to go thru so if i could get a phone number of who i need to talk to please Thank You

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    • The border is only open to essential good movement. Perhaps it’s possible to transport your trusses by Ferry from Whittier?
      Or perhaps AML?

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  12. Hi I need to move to be with my husband from washington to Alaska and in light of the border closing im wondering if it’s still possible to cross the border to get to Alaska. If anyone knows please let me know

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    • We cannot provide any travel advice other than our COVID-19 Statement found at the top of the page. You have to call the Canada Border Services Agency 1-800-461-9999.

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  13. Can Alaska residents drive home through the lower Canadian border from the USA into Canada all the way to Alaska during the covid -19 virus outbreak!

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    • We cannot provide any travel advice other than our COVID-19 Statement found at the top of the page. You have to call the Canada Border Services Agency 1-800-461-9999.

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      • That number doesn’t work in my are for some reason

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        • Sorry, that only works from within Canada. Here’s the number to call from outside of Canada: 1-204-983-3500

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  14. The number you provide to call 1-800-461-9999 says I am out of the call area. I can not get an answer to whether or not I can get home to Alaska.

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    • Sorry, that only works from within Canada. Here’s the number to call from outside of Canada: 1-204-983-3500

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  15. I am needing to report for US Forest Service work in Petersburg, AK on June22nd 2020. I currently live in Washington state and wish to drive through Canada, (Bellingham to Prince Rupert Ferry to Petersburg). Is this considered acceptable to border crossing security for covid?

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    • Based on our understanding yes, but you need to contact Canadian Border Services and once you reach Watson Lake they have a check-stop as well, from there you have 24 hours to make it to Beaver Creek.Watson Lake Check

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    • Ferry is not traveling to or from Prince Rupert. I called and Alaska Marine Highway (ferry system) told me they are not going to Prince Rupert for the rest of 2020.

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  16. What about traveling on military orders from Alaska to the lower 48? Is this allowed?

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    • Yes, based on our understanding if you have a reason to travel to the lower 48 you will be able to travel through Canada.

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      • Is moving to Alaska with a u-haul considered “essential” travel? My husband & I are helping our son move there in July.

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        • Yes, as far as we understand.

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  17. Hi I am starting a job in anchorage alaska and am driving to alaska from idaho. Is the canadian border open fore alaskan residents to drive there from the US?

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    • Yes, for essential travel. This sounds like it would be.

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  18. We are wanting to drive thru Canada via the Alcan Hiway to relocate back to Alaska. We are in the process of selling our home in Oregon, and working with a real estate agent in
    Wasilla, Alaska, for the purchase of our new home. Is travel thru Canada to Alaska allowed for relocation? We are aware of the restrictions concerning touristing, shopping, etc. We will be traveling in our self contained motorhome with sufficient groceries and supplies to comply with the isolation requirements. The only commerce requirement we will need are fuel and RV camping. We are originally Alaska residents, with family history from back into the 1950’s. We have been retired in Oregon for 10 years and are relocating back to Alaska to be closer to family.

    What type of documentation do we need besides our passports and government issued ID’s?

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    • We believe this is deemed as essential travel. Make sure to check with the Canada Border Services Agency for further details.

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  19. I have an employment opportunity in Anchorage area. Will I be able to travel there in my RV with my wife and dog from the lower 48 ? I need to let the employer know ASAP.

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    • It is our understanding that this would be deemed as essential travel. Make sure to contact the Canada Border Service Agency. Safe travels!

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  20. Hi, I am moving from Florida to Alaska permanently July 17th 2020, my home is being built as I write this, my question is can I drive the uhaul through Canada to get to my home? To me this is very essential travel because I won’t have a place to live if I don’t get to my home in Alaska. I can provide all information if needed. I will also have my dog with me.
    Thank you very much!
    Roger

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    • Hi Roger, this sounds to me like essential travel. Make sure to contact the Canadian Border Services Agency and explain your situation. And make sure to adhere to safety guidelines in place by the local authorities as you travel through Canada.
      Also, make sure to read the guidelines put in place by the state of Alaska. Safe travels!

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  21. How much time do people have driving through British Columbia on their way to and from Alaska? By I read that you have 24 hours in the Yukon but you don’t specify how much time between the Yukon and other border crossings?

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    • At this time we’re not aware of any time restrictions on your time in B.C., however you are required to stick to your travel corridor and not spend any time in Canada other than drive through to the States or Alaska.

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  22. We are thinking of flying down to Portland and purchase a motorhome there and drive it through the Alcan highway. Another married couple that lives in Portland that use to live here will be coming back with us to help us drive up. Is this possible? Thinking of doing this late August

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    • Hi Tina, that sounds like it will be fine. As long as you are aware it’s the border agent’s discretion to approve entry into Canada. Having said that, you’ll be in an RV, self-contained and make sure you know you are not allowed to spend extra time in Canada and you are supposed to stick to your travel corridor.

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  23. We need to travel from Fairbanks to Utah. Our house in Utah was recently flooded and needs.$20-30k work done and we can’t have it done without being there. Also, my Wife is a mental Health Professional volunteering for the American/Nevada office of the American Red Cross. We are Alaska Residents and divide living in both Alaska and Utah. We want to cross at Beaver Creek and will be in a self-contained RV. We don’t want to fly because we are in our 70’s. Tried doing the ArriveCan app without success (it won’t accept usa address as destination). How do we find out if we can get thru?

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    • This sounds like essential travel. I would suggest calling the Beaver Creek border station to confirm. But if you live in Utah as well it shouldn’t be a problem.

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  24. A family member will be moving from Alaska to Midwest , will they be allowed to travel thru Canada . They plan on leaving near end of September

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    • A move from Alaska back to the midwest is considered essential travel. Any documentation they may have backing up the claim would be helpful.

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  25. I’m flying up to AK from KY to help my daughter drive back to KY. Her spouse is stationed in AK, but she is moving to live with us (her parents). She has no actual orders. Will we be permitted to travel through Canada on the Alaskan Hwy?

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    • This definitely sounds like essential travel. However, as always the border agents have final say in individual cases.

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  26. My husband has a rare eye cancer & treatment is only available out of Alaska. We have a letter from an MD at Harborview Med Ctr in Seattle for treatment. Passports & ID & will isolate in our RV through Canada. RV is fully self contained, are we required to stay in campgrounds in Canada?

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    • There are designated hotels that are located right along the highway. When you get to Beaver Creek the government staff will provide you with that information so that you can stay in a hotel in Whitehorse for example on your way south.

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