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Canadian travellers looking to cross the border for the upcoming festive season may be in for some sticker shock. A recent report from shows an uptick in the average airfare prices for the 2023 holiday season.

Up, up, and away with holiday prices

Airfares around American Thanksgiving in late November have witnessed a 12% rise compared to 2022 prices, with Christmas and New Year's flights seeing similar hikes. As Canadians who often fly to the U.S. to celebrate with family or embark on holiday trips know, these elevated rates can heavily impact travel budgets.

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If you're looking to shop till you drop without having to drop too much, then a cross-border shopping trip just might be what you're looking for. I mean, Trader Joe's, Ulta, Kohl's, and Target — do you really need any other reason?

Although cross-border shopping was once upon a time a worthwhile experience when the CAD was at par with the USD, there are still loads of deals and steals to get your hands on once you cross into the United States.

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You know the saying ants in your pants? Well, try pythons instead — Burmese pythons to be exact. A 36-year-old man was arraigned on an indictment charging him with smuggling three Burmese pythons into the United States at the Champlain-St. Bernard de Lacolle Border Crossing in Quebec. Talk about a sentence you never thought you'd read, right?

Calvin Bautista, of Richmond Hill, New York, smuggled the three snakes in his pants as he travelled across the U.S.-Canada border on a bus. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Ryan Noel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it states that the charges in the indictment at the moment are "merely accusations."

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Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has announced that Canada will not renew COVID-19 border measures beyond September 30. That means that as of October 1, testing requirements, quarantine and isolation rules, and the mandatory use of the ArriveCan app will end.

Duclos said the expiration of the measures after September 30 will in effect "remove all COVID-19 border requirements for all travellers entering Canada." He added the government "reserves the right" to reinstitute measures as the COVID-19 situation changes.

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is in the process of recruiting students across the country through the Federal Student Work Experience Program, which uses positions in the federal government to give high school, college and university students valuable employment experience before graduation.

The CBSA says it has a total of 471 Student Border Services Officer (SBSO) positions from Vancouver to St. John's and cities everywhere in between, including Montreal, Dorval and Quebec City.

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If you've been itching for a nice vacation, you can finally travel with a lot less stress. However, that doesn't mean Canadians can just book a trip anywhere they please — at least not for the time being.

The Government of Canada has issued a handful of travel warnings, alerting Canadians of many destinations that travellers should avoid at all costs, or exercise a high degree of caution when visiting.

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Planning a trip to the United States soon? It's best to brush up on some updated rules. The vaccination measures set in place at the Canada-U.S. border have since been extended by the American government for Canadian travellers.

On April 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the United States would be officially extending the temporary vaccine requirement for non-American travellers heading to the U.S. by land or port entry.

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Canada's border measures officially changed as of April 1, 2022, allowing fully vaccinated travellers to enter the country without needing to provide a negative PCR test. While Canada has axed its testing requirement, what does that mean for travels to the United States?

While travel is back in action, it's important to note that the U.S. still has testing requirements in place in order to enter the country.

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On February 15, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) issued a news release announcing a number of changes to the current border measures. The federal government said it is beginning to enter a phase of adjusting travel restrictions, which will allow Canada to move toward a "more sustainable approach to long-term management of COVID-19."

As of February 28, on-arrival testing for fully vaccinated travellers will be eased. According to the news release, "Travellers arriving to Canada from any country, who qualify as fully vaccinated, will be randomly selected for arrival testing."

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As of Saturday, January 22, Canadians looking to cross the U.S. border by land or by ferry will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to border patrol officers. This is following similar regulations for air travel into the United States put in place in early January.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed the changes, which were first announced in October of last year, in a release issued on January 20.

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Despite what looks like a huge spike in tourism to Quebec this August, way more people entered Canada via Ontario during the summer months. Do tourists just not like us as much? We're clearly the better province... right?

According to recent data on travel into Canada by Statistics Canada, 239,776 more tourists visited Ontario than Quebec from May to August 2021.

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