The closure of the Canada-U.S. border has been prolonged to at the least Aug. 21, the U.S. Homeland Safety Division mentioned on Wednesday.
The international locations’ shared border has been closed to most non-essential visitors since March 2020.
Nevertheless, Americans and everlasting residents who’ve obtained two doses of a Well being Canada-approved COVID vaccine at the least 14 days prior might be allowed to go to Canada for non-essential causes beginning Aug. 9, which the Canadian authorities introduced on Monday. Those that are vaccinated and permitted to enter Canada additionally received’t must quarantine after they come into the nation, so long as they fulfill different necessities like offering their proof of vaccination by the ArriveCAN app and taking pre- and on-arrival COVID assessments.
The federal authorities’s resort quarantine program, which had been obligatory, till not too long ago, for returning worldwide travellers who flew into Canada, can also be being axed in early August.
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It stays unclear when Canadians might be allowed to drive to the U.S. for non-essential journey, however most passage by the use of the land border from Canada, in addition to Mexico, received’t be permitted till at the least Aug. 21.
Public Security Minister Invoice Blair on Wednesday mentioned he had been suggested by the U.S. of its intention to increase the border closure earlier than it made its announcement.
“We proceed to work very, very carefully with our mates and colleagues in the USA,” Blair advised reporters at an unrelated announcement in Thornhill, Ont. “We’ve nice respect for the selections that they are going to make that might be in one of the best curiosity of their residents, simply as we make choices in one of the best curiosity of ours.”
The 2 international locations have an strategy of “no surprises on the border” and work candidly, Blair added.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the anticipated choice by the Biden administration to maintain the border closed. Canadians have been capable of journey to the U.S. all through the period of the pandemic because of an “asymmetrical settlement” that allowed Canadians to fly to the U.S., however didn’t permit Individuals to come back North, Trudeau mentioned.
“Though we put in a barrier to vacationers, to non-essential journey from the U.S. and from the remainder of the world, … Canadians have, all through the pandemic, been capable of fly all the way down to the States for tourism, for secondary residences, for no matter causes they needed,” Trudeau mentioned.
Whereas Canadians travellers seeking to cross the land border by automotive have been turned again since March 2020, it’s true they’ve been capable of enter the U.S. through air journey.
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Extra to come back.
With information from Jeff Labine