While the U.S.-Canada border remains closed, a South Surrey man wants to share his story of how he found a way into the U.S. to visit his fiancée in Nevada.
The land border has been closed for non-essential travel since April. However, Americans are allowed to enter Canada if they’re visiting immediate family such as a spouse and children. Unmarried couples do not qualify.
Jason Grewal says he contacted Peace Arch News after reading multiple articles featuring frustrated couples who, like him and his fiancée, were separated due to the border closures.
“Especially during these difficult times, it is important to be near your loved ones. I see couples getting married at the Peace Arch border or sitting across the border from each other and I want them to know that this is not their only option,” Grewal said.
Grewal is currently in the midst of a 14-day mandatory quarantine after returning from the U.S. a few days ago. He spent six weeks visiting his fiancée in Nevada.
Grewal said he did his homework prior to his trip, including calling international airports in B.C., Utah, Nevada and Idaho.
“While Canadians are denied entry into the U.S. at the land border, Canadians can fly to America with little to no hassle,” he said.
On the journey home, he said officials checked his fever before he entered the plane. Once he landed, he was asked to provide his contact details and was told to quarantine.