Canada-U.S. Border Remain Shut To Non-Essential Travel For Another 30 Days

Canada and the United States have mutually agreed to continue the shut down of their border until July 21.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave the announcements during his daily coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, June 16.

“I can now confirm that Canada and the U.S have now agreed to extend, by thirty (30) days, until July 21, the current special measures in place along our border. This is a crucial decision that will keep people in both of our countries safe,” he stated.

As has been the case since March 21, when the travel restrictions initially came into effect, non-essential travels will remain banned. The agreements have since been renewed monthly.

The main aim of the restrictions is to help both countries curb the spread of COVID-19. Only people travelling for essential reasons related to important infrastructure support, study, work, or family reunifications, as well as trade, have been permitted to cross the border since March. All other types of travels are considered non-essential.

Canada defines essential travel as that which is non-optional and non-discretionary.

The list of those who can enter Canada includes, but is not limited to:

Immediate family are also able to enter Canada from the United States.

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