US – Canada border reopening a no-go
There is no agreement between the US and Canada to reopen the border.
- The current border restrictions between the US and Canada expire on June 21, 2021.
- Both country leaders agreed that the time for a reopening is not yet ripe.
- The current limit restrictions will remain in effect for one month.
Today US President Joe Biden and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed whether there would be a next step to reopen the border. However, there will be no immediate action in this regard.
A few days ago, the US State Department took a more relaxed stance on traveling to Canada, downgrading the country from level 4 – do not travel to level 3 – reconsider travel – on its travel guide. However, Prime Minister Trudeau previously suggested that the nation would not consider easing restrictions on travelers until at least 75 percent of residents are vaccinated.
The ban on unnecessary land border travel due to COVID-19 began in March 2020 and has been reviewed and renewed on a monthly basis since then. The current limit is in effect until July 21st. This prohibition does not apply to necessary travel.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has so far been reluctant to reopen the border and announced in early July that quarantine restrictions would be eased for Canadians returning home and others who have long had the right to travel to Canada. This has no impact whatsoever on US citizens entering Canada. But as for Americans crossing the border, the prime minister has so far said there is no deal.