With COVID numbers on the rise, Canada and the US will continue to maintain border restrictions until the end of November with hopes that the curve is flattened again.
This morning, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeted that “we are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020. Our decision will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe.”
The next two months will set the foundation for the stability of the Canadian economy in 2021 as many US businesses are struggling to keep salaried employees while maintaining consumer attention.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been working closely with America to make necessary changes to restrictions as we move into the second wave of the pandemic, he explains that the “situation in the United States continues to be of concern.”
He reported to Global News that “I think everyone understands we’d love to get back to normal. We’d love to have the border open, a whole bunch of our businesses and communities would appreciate getting American tourists back and have family members come back-and-forth freely, but we can’t do that unless we’re comfortable that Canadians are being kept safe.”
“We can’t talk about recovering our economy until we have this virus under control and, actually, controlling this virus is the best way to help our economy grow” Trudeau adds.
Spending most of the year in quarantine has taken a toll not only on the economy but on social life in Canada as well. For those with loved ones in the US, it is a difficult time as many want to visit their Canadian families for the holidays. As winter approaches, it’s important to stay updated and informed about restriction changes on a weekly basis in order to plan future travel.
According to the Government of Canada website, traveling to Canada from the US for discretionary (non-essential) reasons such as tourism, recreation, and entertainment is currently prohibited.
A recent Statistic Canada report found that car traffic from the US was down by 94% in September compared to the same time last year, providing evidence that there has been a drastic decrease in American tourism this year.
If you’re a temporary worker arriving from America you must prove to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) one of the following: you currently live in Canada and have a valid work permit, you are eligible to apply for a work permit at a port of entry and have proof of employment at an operating Canadian business, or you are coming to Canada for the first time to begin work and have a valid work permit or a work permit approval letter along with proof of employment at an operating Canadian business.
With COVID number increasing in major cities across Canada, the recent travel restrictions placed on the US border until the end of November may be extended again going into the new year.
By Surina Nath