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Canada-U.S. land-border closure extended to Jan. 21

Canada-U.S. land-border closure extended to Jan. 21
Michael Pihach

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Canada is extending its non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until January 21st, 2021, it was announced on Friday (Dec. 11). 

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair broke the news via Twitter. 

"We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until January 21st, 2021. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe," said Minister Blair. 

The non-essential travel ban at the Canada-U.S. land border has been extended 30 days at a time since it was first introduced on March 21. 

At a press briefing on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the decision was taken to protect citizens on both sides of the border as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in both Canada and the U.S. 

Tourists and cross-border visits remain prohibited. The border has, however, allowed for the continued flow of goods and essential services. 

Family members and loved ones who can make a case on compassionate grounds are also allowed to enter into Canada from the U.S., as and from countries, under certain conditions. 

All travellers entering Canada are still subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine order.

On Nov. 29, Minister Blair announced that Canada will extend its mandatory 14-day quarantine order and temporary travel restrictions for all travellers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the U.S., until January 21, 2021

The ability to align U.S. and international travel extension dates, as well as the Mandatory Isolation Order, beginning on January 21, 2021 will enable the Government to communicate any travel extensions or changes as quickly as possible and provide certainty for Canadians, US and international travellers, the government said in a briefing. 

The Canadian government recently unveiled new mandatory requirements for the electronic submission of information through its new ArriveCAN app. 

Since Nov. 21, air travellers destined for Canada have been required to submit a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment and quarantine plan through the app before boarding their flight. 

Travellers wishing to enter Canada must show their ArriveCAN receipt to border services officers before and, in some cases, after clearing customs. 

Travellers who do not provide the required information electronically before boarding their flight could be subject to enforcement action, ranging from verbal warnings to a $1,000 fine. 

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