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Welcome Back Canada!

Posted by Visit Cook County MN on 11/8/21 8:04 AM

Hello Canada! It has been a long 19+ months and we have missed our Northern Neighbours.

After such a long time apart, we are looking forward to seeing each other again and showing you some of the new things around town (like the newly completed downtown corridor through Grand Marais) and welcoming you back to familiar places (like Grand Portage Lodge and Casino.) 


Before you travel south, here are a few things you should know. 

What you will need to cross the U.S. and Canada border: 

Entering the United States as a non-U.S. citizen: 

Random vaccination checks. Travellers entering the U.S. by land won't have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, but they should be prepared to attest to their vaccination status and present their vaccination documentation upon request.

Entering into Canada as a Canadian citizen:

Canadians still need to take return test. When returning to Canada, all recreational travellers over the age of four must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their return flight or planned arrival at the land border. Canada will only accept a molecular test — such as a PCR test. Travellers crossing into the U.S. for short trips are allowed to take their molecular test in Canada and then use it upon their return — as long as it's less than 72 hours old.

UPDATE! Starting November 30, 2021 - Canadians returning to Canada with 72-hours of leaving the country can return without a negative COVID-19 test. 


Where can I get a COVID-19 travel test in Cook County? 

Travel testing is available in Cook County, MN in two locations on select days and by appointment. Walk-in testing for travel will not be allowed.  

Grand Portage Health Services | 62 Upper Road, Grand Portage, MN

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration: REQUIRED - Only 17 Tests per day by appointment only.

Appointments: Call 1-218-475-2235. Reservation must be made in advance, no walk-ins allowed.

Cost: Free (to anyone regardless of citizenship) 

Results: Same day, within about 20 minutes.

Click here for details on testing in Grand Portage, MN


North Shore Health / Sawtooth Mountain Clinic | 515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, MN

When: Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration: 10 people per day. First come, first serve. Registration is in the lobby of North Shore Health on the entrances facing 5th street/County Road 7. 

Appointments:  Monday - Friday between 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. First come, first serve. 

Cost: U.S. Citizens or permanent residents will be billed via insurance. Non-US Citizens will be required to prepay $250. 

Results: Varies, typically between 36-48 hours after testing. All testing is being sent to a reference lab and will not be processed locally. Results can be found on the NSH online patient portal and will not be shared via phone. 

Click here for details on testing in Grand Marais, MN


Outside of Cook County MN. There are a number of testing sites outside of Cook County in which you can get a COVID-19 Travel Test. 


Are masks required in Cook County, MN? 

It is recommended that masks be worn for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Some businesses or events may require masks to be worn, please be prepared to mask up when asked. Recommendations and mandates requirements in Minnesota can be found here

What is the current COVID-19 infection level and vaccination status in Cook County, MN? 

As of 11/5/21, over 82% of the local population of Cook County, Minnesota over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated. Visit the Cook County Cornavirus Hub for more specific information about COVID-19 in Cook County. 


Welcome back and safe travels! Please call or email our Information Center if you have any questions at 1-218-387-2524 or