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 July 21, 2021. The Canada-U.S. border will now have been closed to non-essential travel for 16-months.
Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety, made the announcement on Twitter, saying “in coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential international travel and with the United States until July 21, 2021.” Blair added that “the government is planning measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents, and others who are currently permitted to enter Canada.” Those measures were announced today, June 21, 2021, with the Public Health Agency of
outlining the first phase of its approach to easing border measures for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada.
Supply chains, including trucking, are not impacted by the current measures 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
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:
- healthy workers in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people across the border, such as truck drivers and crew on any plane, train or marine vessel crossing the border; or
- healthy people who have to cross the border to go to work, including health care providers and critical infrastructure workers.
For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.