Due to the surge in the number of coronavirus cases, Canada and the U.S. have recently reached upon a mutual agreement to close the border for non-essential travel. The travel restriction has been implemented from March 21.
However, owing to the confusion that people have in their minds regarding the travel restrictions, both the countries have released more details to clarify who will be included and excluded from the travel ban.
The government of Canada has provided clarification that “non-essential” travel is a journey that is undertaken for tourism or recreational activities. Such kind of travel is banned by both the governments with effect from March 21 for a period of 30 days.
As per the statement released by the Canadian government, people with Candian and American work permit will be allowed to travel across the borders. However, this does not mean that all work permit holders will be certified as essential travelers until the government gives an official confirmation.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given a list of “essential travel” which includes the following but is not limited to:
So, Canadian citizens will be allowed to cross the border for activities that are considered “essential travel”. People from Canada will be able to travel to the U.S. for work until further instructions.