The Canada-US Border Closure likely to be extended until at least the end of November as coronavirus cases spike in some states, according to well-placed government sources.
The closure of the border was put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, as it has been widely reported.
Currently, the Canada-US Border Closure expires on Sept. 21, with another month’s extension set to take the deadline to Oct. 21.
The extra month would mean the world’s longest land border closures to non-essential travels for seven months.
Coronavirus cases still on the increase in several U.S. states, while Canadian provinces are also seeing worrying spikes in case numbers.
Canada also has in place restrictions on international travel to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The border is closed for non-essential travels. Canada immigration authorities also have offered guidance on what constitutes essential and non-essential travels.
Reasons considered ‘non-essential travels’ include:
- To visit family for a vacation.
- For the birth of a nephew, niece, cousin, grandchild, etc. (For the parent of a child, this may be viewed as non-discretionary travel; but, it will still require assessment.)
- To spend time at a secondary residence (hunting or fishing lodge, vacation home, etc.). This includes entry for maintenance purposes.
- To attend the funeral of a family member or loved one. (This purpose of travel would be improbable due to quarantine measures and limit to the number of attendees at funerals under provincial restriction.)
Reasons considered ‘essential travels’ include travel for:
- Economic services and supply chain.
- Critical infrastructure supports.
- Health (immediate medical care), safety, and security.
- Supporting Indigenous communities.
- Transiting through Canada for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes.
- Studying in Canada if already approved for a study permit on or before Mar. 18.
- Attending to family matters for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes (such as bringing supplies to aged parents or attending to sick family members) when there is no one else there in Canada to assist.
- Any other activities that are considered non-discretionary or non-optional by the Canadian government or based on an officer’s assessment.
14-Day Self-Quarantine Plan
Regardless of the reason for travel or exemption, any traveler with coronavirus symptoms will be denied entry into Canada.
Furthermore, anyone entering Canada from the United States or any other country will be required to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days upon entry.
Travelers are also required to present a viable quarantine plan, with details of where they will stay, how they will acquire or purchase groceries and medications, and whether they will be staying with vulnerable or aged people.Share with friends