Canada U.S. Land Border to Remain Closed Until August 21
July 14, 2020
As expected, the Canada U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another 30 days until August 21st to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Canada and the U.S. agreed in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel, meaning no tourism or recreational visits while keeping it open to essential commercial traffic and workers who cross the border for employment. After extending the closure in April,May, and June, the current deal was set to expire on July 21st but will now extend until August 21st.
Travel from the U.S. to Canada
The ban on non-essential travel covers the land border between the two countries including air, sea, and rail travel into Canada. Canada will allow immediate family members to enter Canada for non-essential needs, but they must follow the 14-day self quarantine requirements. This applies to foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents and who do not have COVID-19 or are showing any signs or symptoms of the coronavirus.
Travel from Canada to the U.S.
Non-essential travel into the U.S. by land is restricted but travel by air and sea is still allowed without any restrictions. There are no isolation restrictions in any state other than Hawaii who requires a 14-day self quarantine period for all arrivals. Americans who are returning to the U.S. are exempted from the border closures.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally has surpassed 13 million with more than 578,000 deaths worldwide.
The United States has had over 3.5 million total cases and now over 138,000 deaths. The total infection rate in the U.S. is approximately 1.05%. There are currently 1.8 million active cases or about 0.54% of the population, 5.4 people of every 1000 are infected.
In Canada, the total number of confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases has surpassed 108,000, with approximately 27,000 of them still active along with over 8,700 deaths. The total infection rate in Canada is approximately 0.29% with active cases at about 0.07% of the population or less than 1 of every 1000 residents.