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Extension Of The Canada-U.S. Border Closure For The Seventh Time

Peter Fey



Extension Of The Canada-U.S. Border

Canada has decided to extend its travel restrictions for another month in consideration of the safety of its citizens. Travelers from the United States will be allowed to come to Canada only for essential reasons.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, has issued a confirmation via Twitter that the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed for non-essential travel until November 21. The coronavirus still remains a major threat to people’s safety, and Canada does not want to take a risk.

Travelers from the United States will be turned away from the border if they want to gain entry into the country for non-essential reasons such as tourism, entertainment, or shopping. Essential travel purposes can include truckers transporting essential goods, trade shipments via railways, and people crossing the border for their essential professional work.

Who are exempt?

Permanent residents and Canadian citizens in the United States, and their immediate family members may be allowed to cross the border. Immediate family members, according to IRCC, include common-law partners, spouses, parents or step-parents, children, legal guardians, and tutors.

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Canada eased the travel restrictions for students, extended family members, and people planning to travel to Canada for compassionate reasons earlier in October. This means that extended family members will not be required to provide an essential reason as to why they want to come to Canada. However, they have to stay in the country for at least 15 days. People who must come to Canada for compassionate reasons, such as attending a funeral or meeting a loved one on their death bed, will also be allowed into the country as long as they follow all the requirements.

Students who are currently enrolled in Designated Learning Institutions with approved coronavirus-readiness plans have been allowed to come into the country since October 20.

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