Canada, U.S Extends Cross-border Travel Restrictions For Another 30 Days

After reaching a mutual deal to close their borders about a month ago, Canada and the U.S. are now extending cross-border travel restrictions for another thirty (30) days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday.

Initially, the deal was set to expire on April 20. However, this extension will see the cross-border travel restrictions sustained until May 20.

Also, essential trade will continue. Trucks and rail traffic will still be allowed to cross the border to keep the flow of food, medicines and fuel available to both countries.

All non-essential travels, however, such as for shopping or to visit family, will remain restricted.

Additionally, foreign citizens in Canada can no longer apply for a temporary visa by flagpoling. This includes study permits, work permits and visitor visas.

You can still be able to apply for and renew your temporary status without flagpoling, provided you are able to perfectly prove in your application why you should be allowed to continue staying in Canada. This is because you will no longer have the opportunity of explaining the particulars of your application.

The cross-border travel restrictions also apply to asylum seekers attempting to cross the border by foot at unofficial border points, such as at Roxham Road.

The border closure with the United States and the rest of the world has helped in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has suggested.

The United States President Donald Trump has said that the first travel restrictions he would like to remove are those with Canada. Trump has also declared that he sees Canada in a different light than other countries and that he was in talks with the Canadian border agency.

It is worth noting that the Canada-United States border was first closed by mutual consent, whereas other U.S. travel restrictions, such as with the China and European Union, were imposed unilaterally.

Both the United States and Canada have been forced to continue containment measures amid the spread of the COVID-19.

Currently, Canada has seen over 35,000 cases of COVID-19, mostly in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, with over 1,500 deaths.

The United States, which has a population roughly nine times that of Canada, has seen over 720,000 cases of coronavirus with over 35,000 deaths.