U.S. and Canada Border to Stay Closed to Non-Essential Travel till June 21
The united States and Canada have agreed to extend their border closure to non-essential travel to June 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. The current agreement that was announced in April, runs through May 20.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday the border is a source of vulnerability, so the agreement will be extended by another 30 days, AP reports. The restrictions were announced on March 18 and were extended in April.
Essential cross-border workers like healthcare professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. Truck drivers are critical as they move food and medical goods in both directions. Much of Canada’s food supply comes from or via the U.S. But even trucks traffic has seen a 30-40% drop in recent months.
Americans who are returning to America and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.
At 5,525 miles the U.S. Canada border is world’s longest between two nations. You can see more details on the agreement here on the CBP website.