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US-Canda Border Travel Restrictions Update

July 24, 2020 Update:

As we navigate through this global pandemic, the partnership between Canada and the United States remains strong.  Together we are implementing coordinated measures to protect our citizens.

Our nations have once again agreed to extend current border measures by another 30 days. The restrictions are now in place until August 21. Travellers are not permitted to cross the border for recreation and tourism purposes until the agreement expires.

This agreement protects the health and safety of people on both sides of the border, while ensuring the continued flow of essential goods and services between our two countries. Essential travel continues unimpeded. This includes workers in the trade and transportation sector who are important for the movement of goods and people across the border, such as truck drivers and crew on any aircraft, train or marine vessel crossing the border.

In normal times, over 7,000 trucks cross the Canada-U.S. border through the Detroit-Windsor gateway each day, carrying nearly $107 billion in goods each year. Construction continues on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, and once complete this crossing will enhance reliability and security at Canada's busiest commercial port of entry.

We value the continued close coordination regarding travel across our shared border as we carry on the fight against COVID-19.


June update:

In collaboration with their American counterparts, the Government of Canada has extended the existing travel restrictions at our shared border until July 21. These measures have been in place since March 21 and exempt people who are traveling for non-discretionary (essential) purposes. Travelers engaging in economic services and supply chain activities and other essential purposes can continue to cross the border provided they meet health screening requirements.