U.S. extending travel restrictions at border with Canada for another 30 days

TORONTO — The United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel across its land and ferry borders with Canada and Mexico until Sept. 21.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security tweeted Friday that the measures remain in place to “minimize the spread of COVID-19, including the Delta variant.”

Fully vaccinated Americans have been able to enter Canada for non-essential visits since Aug. 9.

“In co-ordination with public health and medical experts, DHS continues working closely with its partners across the United States and internationally to determine how to safely and sustainably resume normal travel,” the department said.

Some Canadians, especially those with loved ones in the U.S., have expressed frustration that they are still unable to drive across the border for a visit.

Air travel to the U.S. is allowed with certain conditions, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof that the traveller has recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days.

The restrictions on non-essential travel at the U.S. border have been in place since March, 2020.

Now that restrictions have been eased on the Canadian side of the border, visiting Americans must be fully immunized with one of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot, also known as Covishield, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson.

They also have to show proof of a negative molecular test for COVID-19 that’s no more than 72 hours old and use the ArriveCAN app or online portal to upload their vaccination details.

The U.S. government has been criticized for its approach to the land border restrictions in recent months, with such politicians as New York Rep. Brian Higgins saying that keeping them in place “harms separated families and hurts opportunities for economic recovery.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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