I'm a US citizen in rural New York, less than an hour from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. I rarely eat out, even before the pandemic, but when I have reason to treat, the restaurant options are a bit more savory over there. Also the trails beckon. So I'd like to go over for an afternoon for a meal and bike ride. I've ticked off these requirements:
- Vaccine, both doses
- Test, PCR not antigen
- ArriveCAN website
(1) But I'm stumbling on the quarantine plan. I think I understand why a plan is required: it's to give border agents more discretion to decide I should not be exempt from quarantine. But I'm not about to stay in a motel for two weeks just for lunch. My actual backup plan is to turn around and return to my US home if I'm not allowed in. But ArriveCAN requires a Canadian address. I could give the address of a Canadian motel; the form seems to encourage that. But that seems disingenuous because I have no intention of staying there. The honest answer to this part of the questionnaire is to give my US address. So it seems as if a day-trip into Canada is not currently possible.
(2) The second reason it might be impossible is the testing requirement. I need to get tested 72 hours before entry. I took the Walgreens test Thursday. The pharmacist said to expect the results Monday, and explained that the 72-hour turnaround they offer is "business hours". (How that math works out is beyond me.)
(3) The third way this venture might not work: what's the likelihood US customs will let me back in? The US website seems a lot more ambiguously and lawyerly worded than the Canadian website about border crossing for non-essential purposes.
An ulterior motive for going to all this trouble is a trial run for staying in Canada. I've already paid for a border closure preventing a nonrefundable Airbnb booking. Not interested in doing that again.
EDIT: changed the title from possible to practical. Reworded first sentence.