WATERTOWN, NY (WWTI) – Lawmakers have clarified rules regarding border crossings on the St. Lawrence River.

According to New York State Deputy Mark Walczyk and Canadian MP Michael Barrett, Americans traveling in Canadian waters for discretionary purposes such as recreation and touring will not be required to report to the Service Agency borders of Canada.

This includes boaters who participate in recreational fishing and sightseeing tours known as loop movements.

If a US boat anchors, docks or ties up with another boat while in Canadian waters, it must notify CBSA officers.

These individuals must be fully immunized and eligible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Boaters are also subject to all Canadian border and health requirements related to COVID-19.

Canadians entering US waters will also not have to register with Border Patrol if they are fishing or boating.

However, similar rules apply if a Canadian boat anchors, comes alongside or hooks up with another boat. In these cases, they will be required to notify Border Patrol agents and provide proof of citizenship and full vaccination status.

These rules have been clarified in light of the ease of border crossing requirements by Canada and the United States, as non-essential travel between the two countries has remained restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MP Walczyk and MP Barrett commented on these rules in preparation for the upcoming season.

“The mighty St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario are home to some of the best fisheries you can find and are unquestionably the cornerstone of the region’s tourist economy in America and Canada,” MP Walczyk said in a statement. hurry. “After battling flooding and COVID regulations over the past few years, it’s refreshing to see the long-awaited return to normalcy along our border communities.”

“After the challenges of the COVID restrictions of the past two years, the restoration of access to recreation and hope in the region’s tourism economy is encouraging news for Canadians and Americans to enjoy our waterways. and the excellent fishing found in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. Lawrence River,” added MP Barrett.

Full travel guidelines can be viewed on the US CBP and Government of Canada websites.