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Caveman Charlie

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Posted: 07/17/22 05:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will be camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior in MN from July 18-23 . I will be close enough to Canada that I could drive across.

What requirements do I need to cross ?? And what to cross back ??? I have a Passport (never been used) I have a photo copy of my Covid Card. But, on-line I see all sort of places saying all sorts of things I have to sign up for.

Something about ArriveCAN ? I tried and I can't make that thing work.

Maybe I'm doomed. I only have 2 days to figure it out.


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Officially you need to use the ArriveCan. I used it 3 weeks ago at Detroit/Windsor and it worked fine, though a bit fussy.
However, I'm hearing that if you get to the border and claim "it didn't work/no internet access/old and stupid", the border person will in all likelihood approve you. You still need your passport (or enhanced DL) and your covid card.
So if they don't, not a lot lost. Turn around and come back.
Coming back, you need your passport (or enhanced DL).

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obgraham wrote:

Officially you need to use the ArriveCan. I used it 3 weeks ago at Detroit/Windsor and it worked fine, though a bit fussy.
However, I'm hearing that if you get to the border and claim "it didn't work/no internet access/old and stupid", the border person will in all likelihood approve you. You still need your passport (or enhanced DL) and your covid card.
So if they don't, not a lot lost. Turn around and come back.
Coming back, you need your passport (or enhanced DL).


Ya, I think your right. I will give it a try and if it doesn't work it doesn't work.

What about all the people I know that don't have the internet or a e-mail address ?

I in a real pickle with my e mail. I always used internet explorer to get it. One day, without sending me a notice, internet explorer no longer support e mail. So my computer guy says what is your e mail address. I tell him it's with CenturyLink and I give him my user name and password (which I have written down). Seems Centurylink doesn't think that is my user name. They will gladly send me a new user name,,,,,by e mail....But, I can't get my e mail without the user name and I can't get the user name without the e mail. [emoticon]

So I have been trying to switch everything to gmail. But, my gmail address has a extra Dot in it. Some websites ( including apparently the government of Canada) won't accept a e mail address with a extra Dot in it.

I'll give someone a 100 dollars to get the whole mess straighten out. No one will do it for that low price though.

I'm about ready to move out into the woods of Canada and live like a hermit.

Except,,, OH, that's right !!! I can't get into Canada because I don't have A FLIPPIN E MAIL ADDRESS. [emoticon]

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So far as I know every thing after the second dot is ignored, so just the email address up to the first dot is needed. The second dot was suggested as a way to tag websites to see if they were sending spam.

"If someone accidentally adds dots to your address when emailing you, you'll still get that email. For example, if your email is johnsmith@gmail.com, you own all dotted versions of your address:

john.smith@gmail.com
jo.hn.sm.ith@gmail.com
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Posted: 07/17/22 07:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You must use arriveCAN within 72 hours of crossing


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enblethen wrote:

You must use arriveCAN within 72 hours of crossing


I understand "within 72 hours" is there a MAXIMUN time limit? Say 2 weeks. I would like to complete the ArriveCAN form before I leave TN for my trip to CAN.


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TenOC wrote:

enblethen wrote:

You must use arriveCAN within 72 hours of crossing


I understand "within 72 hours" is there a MAXIMUN time limit? Say 2 weeks. I would like to complete the ArriveCAN form before I leave TN for my trip to CAN.
No. You have to do the arrive can thing LESS than 72 hours before your arrival. It won't let you state a time beyond 72 hours.
But you can enter your data into the app ahead of time and save it. That will help.

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Caveman:
Here is my advice regarding email:
Start over at gmail. Make a new name and account. No dots except before "com".
I have about 5 gmail addresses and it is not a problem. I use one for things I really want, and the others are for the hucksters and morons out there to use.

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Posted: 07/18/22 06:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just crossed over from Calais, ME to St. Stephen, NB. We filled out the ArriveCan form on line and the border guard never asked for it. He only wanted our passports. If you read the "fine print" it doesn't say they won't let you into the country but you COULD be denied. To cross back into the US proof that you are a US citizen is all that is needed.


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Crowe wrote:

We just crossed over from Calais, ME to St. Stephen, NB. We filled out the ArriveCan form on line and the border guard never asked for it. He only wanted our passports. If you read the "fine print" it doesn't say they won't let you into the country but you COULD be denied. To cross back into the US proof that you are a US citizen is all that is needed.

The border officer would enter your name into his data base and determine if your Arrive Can was proper and you had disclosed a scan of your vaccinations. We just returned from Canada on the 7th.





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