The rapid spread of COVID-19 is requiring the implementation of many evolving health and safety measures at Canadian ports of entry. To help stop the spread of the virus, the CBSA is now recording biographic data of all travellers seeking entry into Canada on behalf of the PHAC who will undertake reviews.

Akwesasne community members are exempt from this requirement. The CBSA recognizes that Akwesasne community members are engaged in essential travel and must continue to move throughout the community and Cornwall. We would like to remind Akwesasne community members that proper identification is still required to enter Canada; such as birth certificates, passports, and Secure Certificates of Indian Status (issued by Indigenous Services Canada).

We are committed to ensuring that Indigenous people continue to be able to move within and between their communities, and are able to provide and access essential goods and services, including emergency services.