Toronto, May 21, 2021
The Canada-U.S. border closure has once again been extended, to non-essential travel, for another 30 days and is now set to expire on June 21, 2021. The Canada-U.S. border will now have been closed to non-essential travel for 15-months.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted confirmation of the continued border closure: "Update on the Canada-US border: To protect your health and limit the spread of COVID-19, we're extending the measures currently in place by another 30 days. Non-essential travel between our two countries remains restricted until June 21st." Earlier in the week Trudeau said "Before we get back to normal, cases need to be under control and over 75 per cent of people need to be vaccinated for us to start loosening things in Canada.".
Supply chains, including trucking, are not impacted by this measure and the movement of commercial goods across the border is unaffected. "Non-essential" travel pertains to travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.
On March 26, 2020, the Government of Canada put in place mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. This 14-day self-isolation does not pertain to trans-border truck drivers, the full exceptions are:
Consequently, an exception to the order to self-isolate for 14 days is being provided to workers who are essential to the movement of goods and people. For example, this exemption would apply to:
For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.