Travel between the U.S. and Canada has been suspended since March, and it’s been extended time and time again. And now, it looks like travel between the two countries won’t be allowed until late November at the very earliest.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Monday that the U.S. and Canada have extended the ban on non-essential travel between the two countries until at least Nov. 21.
We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21st, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe. More info:https://t.co/EZ3pi3asJr
— Bill Blair (@BillBlair) October 19, 2020
All non-essential travel has been banned between the U.S. and Canada has been banned since March 21. And many airlines have shut down nearly all their flights between the two countries.
While both sides agree that these travel bans have played an integral role in curbing the spread of coronavirus, another extension would undoubtedly hurt an already suffering tourism industry – and the airlines.
This extension will also come as a setback to some U.S. border states who have been pressuring Canada to implement a phased reopening of the border. However, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across much of the U.S., these travel restrictions could continually be extended for the foreseeable future.
If a trip to Canada is on your wish list, you’ll likely have to wait at least a bit longer. The ban on non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada has been extended through late November – and perhaps even longer.