To slow the spread of coronavirus cases, Public Safety Minister of Canada announced that the U.S.-Canada land border will remain closed until at least October 21 for non-essential travel.
As COVID-19 continues to have an effect on international travel, respective authorities have decided to extend the travel restrictions with the United States until October 21st, 2020. The land border has been closed for non-essential travel since March 18 and kept on extending due to the spike of cases in each month.
Travel restrictions do not adhere to air travel between the two countries, freight train, or sea. Commercial crossings will continue as usual for trade and commerce. Family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can cross the border into Canada but must remain in the country for at least 15 days.
The federal government is waiting for the moment when the Covid-19 pandemic is managed efficiently before the government considers opening up non-essential travel between the two countries. Referring to the continuous growth of coronavirus cases, the two governments have unanimously agreed to continue limiting travel across the longest international boundary in the world.
Although the closure resulted in a dramatic drop in traffic between the two countries, while necessary travel is still allowed to cross the border, such as truck drivers and health care workers from Canada, can still travel to the US by ground.
According to a Reuters report, the border is most likely to stay closed until the end of November at least, while the U.S. President Donald Trump said in his statement that the U.S. was going to open the borders pretty early.
According to surveys conducted of travel advisors, the government and travel restrictions were the major obstacles for travelers, more than health and safety issues related to COVID-19. Additionally, these restrictions and closures will impact and comprise on the tourist experiences.
Also, the federal government has sought to restrict the movement of Americans on their way to Alaska through Canada. In Western Canada, U.S. travelers bound for the northern state have been limited to five crossings and must stick to a direct route.