U.S./Canada border restrictions extended to September 21


Canadian and US officials have agreed to keep the border between Canada and the United States closed to non-essential travel through September 21.

“We are extending the reciprocal restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border for another 30 days,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said.

“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of COVID-19,” acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed in a Tweet. “Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21.”

Because of the prevalence of novel coronavirus in the U.S., Canadian officials recently halted allowing Americans driving to Alaska to pass through Canada.

In early August, Canada tightened restrictions by requiring all foreign nationals driving through Canada to the Alaska for non-discretionary purposes to use one of five CBSA border entries; Kingsgate at Eastport, Abbotsford-Huntingdon and Osoyoos in British Columbia, Coutts in Alberta and North Portal in Saskatchewan.

Alaska-bound travellers who arrive at non-designated border crossings are now denied entry, and those going through the proper ports of entry are given a tag they must keep displayed on their rear view mirror, must travel by the most direct route, avoiding Canadian National Parks and other tourist destinations to reduce the time they are in-country.