Taxi drivers who take people across the border should familiarize themselves with the requirements to return to Canada, a union representative said.
Marwan Abouzeeni, president of Unifor Local 195, said drivers should follow the rules to avoid being subjected to the COVID-19 testing requirement.
“The driver must get into his car and drive the customer wherever he wants and make sure he does not leave the cabin because the second the driver leaves the cabin, it puts them in charge there”, said Abouzeeni.
“He has to state that ‘Yes, I stopped at such a place’, then they demand a PCR [the molecular COVID-19 test]. That’s one of the questions the officer will ask you. They will ask you if you stop anywhere on your trip and if you say yes then you are in trouble. And if you say no and they find out you did, then you’re in more trouble. “
The U.S. land border reopened to fully vaccinated Canadian travelers on Monday after a 19-month shutdown.
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There is some confusion among taxi drivers who take people to the United States, with some wondering if they would be subject to the COVID-19 testing requirement when they return to Canada, as most people would. .
But Abouzeeni said taxi drivers are deemed essential by the province of Ontario.
He said it is the responsibility of taxi drivers to make sure they can re-enter the country without a PCR test.
“The best way is to go from point A to point B, turn around and go to point A without stopping anywhere.”
Upon return to Canada, all recreational travelers over the age of four must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of their return flight or expected arrival at the land border.
Canada will only accept a molecular test, such as PCR, which can cost hundreds of dollars.
Travelers to the United States for short trips are allowed to take their molecular test in Canada and then use it on their return, as long as it is less than 72 hours old.
But travelers will still have to pay for the test, and some say the extra fees just aren’t worth it.