The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the temporary suspension of service at the Gillespie, New Brunswick land port of entry (POE).

Due to the temporary closure of the adjoining Limestone, Maine POE in the United States, the CBSA has reviewed its operations and will temporarily suspend service at the Gillespie, New Brunswick POE effective immediately. The POE is currently open for travel from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week and for commercial use from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., five days a week.

This measure is intended to be temporary in nature and is being undertaken in consultation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), and will align service on both sides of the border while construction work is being completed at the Limestone, Maine POE. The CBSA plans to assess the resumption of operations in March 2022, to align with the U.S. reopening of its POE.  The Agency will continue to work closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection during this temporary closure.

During the temporary closure, travellers must seek entry to Canada at an alternate POE, such as:

the Andover border crossing (approximately 32 km south of Gillespie; operating 24 hours a day, seven days per week for travellers and 8:00 a.m. to midnight for commercial), 

the Grand Falls border crossing (approximately 20 km north of Gillespie; operating from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for both travellers and commercial, seven days per week), or

the St. Leonard  border crossing (approximately 39 km north of Gillespie; operating 24 hours, seven days a week for travellers and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for commercial).

All current travel restrictions to Canada remain in place. Discretionary travel by foreign nationals remains prohibited.

The CBSA continues to work diligently to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants into Canada at all international POEs. 

Quick facts

Travel restrictions continue. Travellers eligible to enter Canada include those who enter by right (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act) as well as foreign nationals who are eligible for entry under the Orders in Council (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States; Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States).

Before heading to the border, travellers should get informed and understand their obligations by ensuring their eligibility to enter Canada (Find out if you can enter Canada – Travel restrictions in Canada) and following the Driving to Canada requirements checklist.

All travellers entering Canada must submit their information into ArriveCAN within 72 hours before arrival to Canada, including:

pre-arrival COVID-19 molecular test result

travel and contact information;

14-day travel history;

quarantine plan;

vaccination information;

reference code for a confirmed three-night reservation at a government-authorized accommodation (for air travellers only, unless fully vaccinated and exempt); and

COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

Travellers are required to wear a mask upon entry to Canada and while in transit to isolation or quarantine, unless the mask needs to be removed for security or safety reasons.