Tips for Canadian Visitors

Welcome Back

The Adirondack Coast is so happy to see the border OPEN and we are beyond excited to welcome our neighbors to the north back to the Plattsburgh area.

We want your visit to the Adirondack Coast to be as enjoyable as possible.  Here are a few things you should know as we navigate the changing regulations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entering the U.S. Via a Land Border

Below are the steps required to enter the U.S. for fully vaccinated Americans and Canadians via a land border.

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated (you are considered fully vaccinated 2+ weeks after you have received your 2nd dose)
  • Passport, Enhanced License or NEXUS
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Entering Canada Via a Land Border

Below are the steps required to enter Canada for fully vaccinated Americans andCanadians via a land border.

1. Download the ArriveCan App and enter the information prompted

  • ArriveCan will require a picture of your passport, proof of COVID vaccine andquaratine plan.
  • TIP: If multiple people are traveling together, only one person needs to have theapp - that one person can enter the information for all travelers in group.

2. You must have all of the below available at the border:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated (you are considered fully vaccinated 2+ weeksafter you have received your 2nd dose)
  • Passport, Enhanced License or NEXUS
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test (must be done within 72 hours of travel intoCanada and PRINTED). There are only a few tests that are accepted by Canada
    >>> Find all accepted tests HERE

UPDATE: As of November 30th, all Canadian citizens returning to Canada after a stay in the U.S. for 72 hours or less will be exempt from the testing requirements.  Testing requirements have not changed for Canadian citizens staying longer than 72 hours or for U.S. Citizens no matter the length of stay.

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NYS COVID-19 Travel Advisory

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state or another country, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety. Travelers from Canada, crossing at land borders subject to the agreement between the governments of the United States and Canada, are permitted to travel in accordance with said federal agreement and need not quarantine solely due to such federally authorized travel. Travelers flying between the US and Canada must follow the CDC guidance for international travel.

Keep up to date on New York State’s travel advisory here.

Your Guide to Masks and Face Coverings in NYS

New York State guidelines state that those visitors who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in businesses.  However, if you are unvaccinated a mask is required.  Please note, business owners can require masks if they choose, so it is best to have one on hand.  Many businesses will notify their visitors of their regulations with specific mask signage posted on the doors or windows of their establishments.

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Social Distancing and Sanitation

We encourage you, when possible, to still be mindful of social distancing practices, especially when unvaccinated or at events and gatherings.  More CDC guidance on this topic can be found here.

Quick tip: Packing a little hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes is highly encouraged, they may come in handy!

Local Businesses

Please be aware that the hours and offerings of our local businesses continue to change.  We encourage you to check in with them beforehand, so that you have the best experience while on the #adkcoast.

Make the Most of your Trip

We've compiled some helpful tips and links to help you make the most of your next trip to the Adirondack Coast:


  • The speed limit on most major highways is 55 MPH
  • The speed limit in school zones is 20 MPH
  • Cell phone use while driving is not permitted
  • Turning right on a red light is permitted unless otherwise noted
  • Headlights must be on while operating windshield wipers

Dining & Shopping

  • Generally the gratuity is not included with your bill
  • Tips for wait staff are customarily 15-20%
  • Clinton County sales tax is 8%
  • There is no smoking in public areas or buildings
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