Travel between the U.S. and Canada has been suspended since March. After several extensions, that travel ban was set to lift later this month. But now, it looks like travel between the two countries won’t be allowed until late September at the very earliest.
According to Reuters, U.S. and Canadian officials have agreed to extend the border restrictions between the two countries until Sep. 21. U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed the action on Twitter:
We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21.
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) August 14, 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 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 will likely keep getting 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. Expect the ban on non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada to be extended through late September – and perhaps even longer.