HIGHLIGHTS:

  • US land borders will be closed for non-essential travel
  • Canada business is facing huge problem due to the block in the land borders

On Wednesday, the US Homeland Security Department states that the United States’ land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21.

A decision was taken after the COVID-19 pandemic caused an extraordinary 16-month lockdown and for that many companies claimed it caused severe problems to them. Canada announced on Monday that it will begin letting fully vaccinated US tourists into the nation from August 9th for non-essential travel.

According to sources, one challenging topic for the Biden administration is whether it would follow Canada’s approach and require all visitors to be COVID-19 vaccinated before entering the country.

The White House is planning a fresh round of high-level meetings to explore travel restrictions and the possibility of requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, but no decisions have been taken.

The White House has also formed administrative who are working in groups with the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico in early June to examine how to gradually eliminate restrictions.

Businesses in Canada and the United States, notably those in the travel and aviation sectors, have campaigned for an end to non-essential travel restrictions between the two nations, which were introduced in March 2020 at the start of the epidemic.

The land border has been blocked to all non-essential traffic since March. The United States, on the other hand, has permitted Canadians to fly in, but Canada has not allowed Americans to do so.

Since March 2020, the US has steadily increased the limitations on Canada and Mexico on a monthly basis.

Most non-US nationals who have recently visited the United Kingdom, the 26 Schengen countries in Europe with no border controls, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil have asked the government to ease the limitations.

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