COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) Travel Implications

International travel during the COVID-19 pandemic is closed to non-essential traffic. For more details on what is essential travel please click here.

If you do have to travel via an international border please reference the information below.

It is important to inform a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer if you have a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing when crossing the border. If you develop these symptoms within 14 days of your arrival in Canada, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible and contact your health care provider. For the latest and most up-to-date information, visit, or contact the coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397.

International travel to Canada is barred to non-essential travel effective 12:01 am March 21, 2020. This means that no one will be allowed to cross the border for recreation or tourism.  Only Canadian and United States residents will be permitted to enter Canada. Any other foreign nationals will not be permitted entry. The Global Travel Advisory can be found here. In addition, no international travel will be accepted at YQG until further notice. 

Windsor-Detroit tunnel bus will suspend operations as of end of service March 19th. 

The Windsor Detroit Tunnel will be closed from 9pm on Thursday to 5am on Friday for May 14, 21 and 28, 2020 for ongoing construction. 

The Pelee Island Ferry is scheduled to start in early April 2020. Given the on-going COVID-19 health concern, the Ministry of Transportation will be sending out information related to the seasonal start-up for the Pelee Island Transportation Service and the need for precautionary measures shortly. A user message with additional details will be available at shortly.

Canadians travelling abroad are encouraged to consult the travel health notices for the area they plan to visit.  Please anticipate delays when crossing the border due to enhanced screening procedures.



Are you planning a trip to Windsor Essex and need to cross the border? By plane, bus, boat or car – make sure you’re prepared when you get ready to cross our international border crossing, or land at our international airport. Check out the details below.

Border Wait Times:

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Border Wait Times
Canada Border Services Agency Border Wait Times

Passport Information

A valid passport (or other supporting documentation) is needed to cross the border.

What You Can Bring Back?

There are limited on certain items that can be brought across the international borders, for visitors and locals.

Cannabis and international travel

In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. On June 21, 2018, the Cannabis Act received Royal Assent. This marks an important step in the process of legalizing and regulating cannabis in Canada. For more information, visit Health Canada’s Cannabis page.

Royal Assent does not equal legalization. Until October 17, 2018, it remains illegal to buy, possess or use cannabis in Canada for anything other than authorized medical or research purposes.


NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States.


More than 40,000 commuters, tourists and truck drivers carrying $323 million worth of goods cross the Windsor-Detroit border each day.



Take advantage of Duty Free shopping while using at any of our international border crossings.





Did you know Windsor is the only city to offer an international transit system, giving you the option at affordable and easy transfers to and from the Cit of Detroit Daily.



With dozens of marinas along our 100 mile coast line, we are a great destination for day and over night boating trips. Be prepared before you set sail!


DID YOU KNOW The Windsor-Detroit border is the busiest international crossing in North America?

Ambassador Bridge

  • Completed in 1929
  • Took two years to build
  • 25% of all merchandise between the U.S. and Canada crosses the bridge
  • Made up of 21,000 tons of steel
  • Inscription: “The visible expression of friendship in the hearts of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.”
  • 152 feet (46.3 metres) above the Detroit River
  • U.S. and Canadian terminals are 1.75 miles (2.8 kilometres) apart
  • Twin silicon steel towers rise 386 feet (117.8 metres) above the ground
  • Towers rest on bedrock 115 feet (35 metres) below the surface
  • Main suspension cables contain close to 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) of cable
  • More than 40,000 commuters, tourists and truck drivers carrying $323 million worth of goods cross the Windsor-Detroit border each day.

Detroit Windsor Tunnel

  • Second busiest international crossing in North America (after the Ambassador Bridge)
  • More than 20,000 vehicles travel the tunnel on an average day, almost 9 million per year
  • Completed in 1930
  • The first international vehicular subway
  • Construction took 26 months, and was completed almost a year ahead of schedule
  • Employed 600 labourers to build
  • Constructed of sections of steel tube floated into place and sunk into a trench dug in the river bottom
  • 5,160 feet (1.57 kilometres), just 120 feet short of a mile
  • At its lowest point the roadway is 75 feet (23 metres) below the river surface
  • 700,000 tons (635,000 metric tons) of earth was dredged from the river bed
  • Approximately 250,000 tiles line the walls
  • 1.5 million cubic feet (approx. 42,500 cubic metres) of air is pumped through the tunnel each minute
  • Air changes completely every 90 seconds