Driving across the Canada U.S border? You will need a negative COVID test

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says starting next week anyone arriving in Canada by land will need to show a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test or face a fine if they don't have one.

Trudeau says customs officers can't send Canadians back to the U.S. if they don't have a test because they are technically on Canadian soil but says the fine will be up to $3,000 Canadian (US$2,370) and the traveller will be subject to extensive follow up by health officials if they don't show a negative test.

Canada already requires people arriving by air to show a negative test.

Trudeau has extended the current border restrictions banning non-essential travel until Feb. 21, 2021.