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Non-Essential Travel Restrictions Between U.S. And Canada Have Been Extended Until End Of July
Non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada was set to resume on Sunday but at the last minute, officials declared that restrictions will be extended again.
Instead of a June reopening of the non-essential cross-border travel, tourists will have to wait until the end of July.
Both the U.S. and Canada set in place month-long non-essential travel restrictions in March and renewed them in April and May. Even though the current end date is July 21st, the restrictions have the potential to be extended if COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continue to rise.
Len Saunders, a U.S. immigration later, tells CBC Canada, “I honestly don’t think the border will open until the end of the year. Especially when you hear about more [COVID-19] cases in Arizona and Texas and all these southern states.”
U.S. visitors are allowed to enter Canada only if they have immediate family in the country. However, when arriving in Canada, they must self-quarantine for 14 days and remain in the country for at least 15 days.
Although U.S. citizens cannot enter Canada by air, Canadians can fly into the U.S.
“There’s a back door wide open. They [Canadian travelers] can just go in through the airport, and so that’s what people are doing in droves,” says Saunders.
Canada restricts all non-essential foreign travelers from entering the country. The U.S. only restricts foreign travelers from entering if they’ve been in China, Brazil, Iran, Ireland, the U.K, or European countries in the Schengen Area 14 days before traveling.
The U.S.-Canada border has remained open to those needing to travel between countries for work or school.