Canada-US non-essential travel restrictions may be extended indefinitely

Canada-US non-essential travel restrictions may be extended indefinitely

The Canada-US border will remain closed for the foreseeable future, according to sources that have come forward to Reuters with information on the soon-to-expire travel restrictions.

Initially introduced in March as an emergency measure, the Canada-US border was closed to non-essential travel in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus. The current ban is set to expire on July 21, but it appears that the restrictions may be extended indefinitely.

Canadians have taken to Twitter in an apparent show of support for the measures, many claiming they want to see the border closed permanently until the United States COVID-19 response yielded results, using the hashtag #keeptheborderclosed

But other users have condemned the repeatedly extended closure, citing fracturing families that have not been able to take advantage of very narrow travel exceptions. 

On June 8, the Canadian government announced measures to allow for the cross-border travel of “immediate family members,” but the flawed approach has excluded many.

A recent story published in CBC drew attention to the fact that adult children were not considered “immediate family” under the Canadian government’s laws. One American, Timothy Martin-House of New York, attempted to come to Canada and see his sick, elderly mother, but discovered that non-dependent children were not considered immediate family under Canada’s laws. 

recent Change.org petition called upon President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider the hardships felt by those unable to freely travel across the longest continuous land border in the world. The petition has yielded almost 6,000 signatures as of July 13 and is growing.