Toronto: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the border closure between Canada and the United States will remain in place until at least until June 21, 2021.
The Canadian border closed for non-essential travel more than one year ago.
However, essential travel, which includes trade shipments, essential workers and approved temporary foreign workers, will be allowed.
“To protect your health and limit the spread of COVID-19, we’re extending the measures currently in place by another 30 days. Non-essential travel between our two countries remains restricted until June 21st,” Trudeau tweeted.
“To fight #COVID19 spread and protect our citizens, the US is continuing restrictions on non-essential travel at land borders through June 21, while allowing essential trade & travel. We’re working closely with Canada & Mexico to safely ease restrictions as conditions improve,” the US State Department tweeted to announce the extension.
According to the COVID-19 tracker website, developed by a University of Saskatchewan student, more than 46 per cent of Canadians have received their first dose of the vaccine.
Travelers coming to Canada are required to show a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before arriving in Canada.