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Canada border restrictions lifting just in time for Høstfest

MINOT, N.D. (KMOT) – News that Canada would be lifting its COVID-19 restrictions to enter that country could prove timely for Norsk Høstfest.

The Høstfest was canceled the past two years due to the pandemic, but in pre-pandemic years, many Canadians with Scandinavian heritage would cross the border into North Dakota to spend the week in Minot for the festival.

The lifting of the requirements goes into effect Saturday, Oct. 1, the last day of the Høstfest, when many Canadians visiting Minot would likely begin traveling back north.

This week, it was reported that Canada would no longer require those traveling into the country to be fully vaccinated or to upload their personal information into the ArriveCAN smartphone app.

Leadership with Visit Minot said they’ve been keeping in contact with Canadian travelers, and understood the impact the ArriveCAN app had on travel.