Canada will remain closed to all international tourists until at least October 31st announced Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair on Wednesday, September 30th from his twitter account.
The extension of the Canadian border closure applies to tourism and leisure travel from all countries including the United States by land, air or sea.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from the ban but must undergo a strict 14 day self-quarantine upon returning to Canada.
Canada closed its borders back in March to all non-citizens and non essential travelers. Trudeau said “Canada will be denying entry to people who are not Canadian citizens, or permanent residents.”
6 months later with second wave of COVID-19 in parts of Canada, the border will remain closed to all foreign tourists until at least October 30th.
The closure of the land border to all non-essential crossings between the United States and Canada has also been extended until at least October 21st.
The agreement, as it stands, exempts the flow of trade and commerce, as well as temporary foreign workers and vital health-care workers who live and work on opposite sides of the border.
Exemptions are also made for Americans transiting to Alaska.
As of June 9th exemptions were made for foreign nationals who are immediate family members of either Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
This has allowed both cross-border Canada-U.S. families to reunite but under strict 14 day self-quarantine rules.
The Canadian government still allows Canadians to come and go from the country for any reason including tourism.
Many Canadians are still traveling to the United States by air as there are no restrictions on tourism for passengers arriving by plane.
On the other hand, U.S. citizens can not travel to Canada by land or air for non-essential reasons.
Many Canadians may be forced to forgo winter vacations this year as they must self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning home.
Harsh fines up to $750,000 and even jail time are in place for violating Canadian quarantine measures.
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