Long weekend, long waits: Big border delays heading into the US (PHOTO)

It’s the first long weekend in BC since some COVID restrictions were eased, and drivers heading south are now facing long wait times.

As of 3 p.m. Friday afternoon, waiting times on their way into the United States at the Pacific Highway border crossing in South Surrey were 90 minutes.

Border waiting / BC government

But remember, this is an estimate and you can wait much longer.

Pacific Highway Boundary

Cars lined up at the Pacific Highway junction / DriveBC

At other crossings around the lower mainland, the waiting time was still long.

Peace Arch reports a 70-minute delay, Aldergrove looks at a 30-minute wait, while the Sumas crossing shows a 40-minute wait for drivers crossing into the United States.

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Cars lined up at the Peace Arch border crossing / DriveBC

The wait even led to a warning from the Surrey RCMP not to block access for other drivers.

“While waiting in line, do not block streets, intersections or driveways, as people in local neighborhoods must have access to their homes.”

The release adds: “If you are planning a trip to the US this long weekend or a long weekend, please check Drive BC or Travel.gc.ca for waiting times before departure. Limit waiting times are currently listed from 90 minutes to over 2 hours and longer. “

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Peace Arch border / DriveBC

The waiting time coming back to Canada is not nearly as long, and most people cross reporting waiting times of less than five minutes.

Last month, the federal government announced that as of April, fully vaccinated travelers arriving in Canada will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test prior to arrival to gain access.

“Unvaccinated and partly vaccinated traveler will Continue to be tested with COVID-19 molecular tests on arrival and quarantine to 14 days, ”said Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.

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