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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Regarding the ban, the business leaders of the US and Canada have raised concern.
  • Later this week, a meeting is expected to be held with Mexico.
  • Currently, meetings with the UK and EU are set for next week.

On Tuesday, officials of the US and Canada will hold a meeting to talk about lifting the border restrictions between the 2 countries, which they had imposed due to Covid-19 pandemic. But no immediate action is expected.

In 2020 March, both the countries imposed a ban on non-essential travel at land borders due to Covid-19 and since then it has been renewed on a monthly basis. Regarding the ban, the business leaders of the US and Canada have raised concern. The restrictions also applied to the US-Mexico border, but there the measures do not affect business or other essential travel.

Earlier, an expert working group was formed by the Biden administration with Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the European Union to safely lift travel ban after 15 months of pandemic restrictions.

Later this week, a meeting is expected to be held with Mexico and currently, meetings with the UK and EU are set for next week. But according to 3 officials, the timing of the meeting still could shift.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau said that he has spoken to US President Joe Biden regarding the proceedings of restarting travel, but no breakthrough has been achieved so far.

Last week, Canada took a cautious first step to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home from early July.