The Canada-US border, which has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020, will remain closed for the foreseeable future Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed yesterday.
“I can tell you right now that’s not going to happen for quite a while.”
– Justin Trudeau said in British Columbia
The border is closed until 21st July and only Canadian citizens and residents are currently allowed to enter the country, unless they are exempted in order to carry out essential work. On July 5th, Canada dropped its quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated Canadians entering the country.
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The closure of borders relates to all incoming visitors, not just across the US border. Trudeau added that “…we need to continue to ensure that the safety of Canadians” and that the sacrifices made by citizens for the last 18-months or so “are not for nothing.”
Canada has seen more than 1.4 million covid cases and 26,356 deaths with covid. Almost 70% of Canadians have received at least the first vaccine jab.
In an interview on 14th October, 2020, Trudeau said that Canada’s border would stay closed to the US “until America gets a handle on COVID-19”. He added that non-essential travel was still off-limits, and Canada doesn’t want American tourists until COVID-19 numbers stop rising — which they haven’t yet.
“The U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Trudeau told the hosts of “Smart Start,” which airs on Canada’s Global Television Network. “We will continue to make sure that Canadian safety is top of mind when we move forward. We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place.”