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

Canada-U.S. land-border closure extended to Dec. 21
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The Canada-United States land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Dec. 21, according to a statement issued by Bill Blair, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

"We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until December 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe," Blair tweeted on Thursday (Nov. 19).

The current extension was set to expire on Nov. 21. The non-essential travel ban has been extended 30 days at a time since it was first introduced on March 21. 

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. 

While the land border between the two countries remains closed, Canadians can still travel to the U.S. by flying - an option that some snowbirds may consider as the cooler temperatures roll in. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday (Nov. 17) urged snowbirds to avoid travelling south this season. 

“Obviously if people do choose to go, that is their choice but they need to make sure that they have good health insurance, good travel insurance, also that they make sure that wherever they’re going there is sufficient health care capacity, that it is not busy and beginning to get overwhelmed if something goes wrong. But that’s why as a government we recommend people not travel internationally while this pandemic is going on," Trudeau told reporters. 

For the latest on Canada's border requirements, click here

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