Canada-US Border Closure Extended

Ross Houston
June 19, 2021

Today Canada has announced that it is extending its border restrictions on non-essential worldwide travel for another month.

Legault told reporters at an event in Laval, Que., the reopening could happen when current border restrictions expire on July 21.

Blair noted the government plans to release details on Monday about fully vaccinated Canadians who return to the country.

In March 2020, all non-essential travel was closed between the Canada-US border.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed on Friday that the federal government is working with the provinces to develop a national vaccine passport for worldwide travel that's expected to be ready sometime this fall.

Twenty-four million Canadians - 64 percent of the population - have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

"The sooner the largest possible number of people get double vaccinated, the sooner we're going to be able to get back to more and more normality".

"We're still seeing cases across the country and we want to get them down". That's on top of the one million doses that Canada received from the United States government Thursday, she said.

"At the same time, we also know we have to hit our targets of 75 per cent vaccinated with the first dose, at least 20 per cent vaccinated with the second dose before we can start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on COVID-19 to someone who is not vaccinated", he said.

US -bound air travellers, including those who are fully vaccinated, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months, before they board a flight.

Trucks enter the USA from canada on the Peace Bridge, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2020, in Buffalo N.Y. Pascale Ferrier is expected to appear in federal court today.

"There's going to be co-ordination and collaboration work that's necessary across the world to make sure that people who are vaccinated and protected, and are protecting their community against COVID-19, can still travel".

Trudeau has previously said his government would have enough doses to vaccinate all Canadians by the end of September.

The prime minister, who is in quarantine after a trip to the United Kingdom and Brussels to attend worldwide summits, provided some detail about the government's plan to ease restrictions. "That's something we will have in place in the coming weeks". Trudeau said the first phase is to allow fully vaccinated residents to upload proof of inoculation onto a mobile phone app that travelers are already required to use in order to enter the country.

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