Canadians banned for another month from driving into the U.S.

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Published August 20, 2021 at 7:32 pm

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The U.S. has extended its restrictions on Canadians from entering the country for another month.

Announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security today (August 20), the restrictions will remain in place until September 21 at all land and ferry crossings between the two nations.

The move is being made to “minimize the spread of COVID-19” especially the Delta variant.

These restrictions have been in place since March.

Canadians can, however, travel into the U.S. by air with either proof of a negative COVID-19 test or that 90 days have passed since an infected person has recovered from the virus.

Since August 9, Americans have been allowed to enter Canada if they can prove they have been fully vaccinated.

They are also required to show proof of a negative molecular test for COVID−19 that’s no more than 72 hours old and use the ArriveCAN app or online web portal to upload their vaccination details. 

The contradictory policy between the two countries has rankled observers on both sides of the border. 

“This creates confusion for travellers when all our members repeatedly tell us they are seeking predictability. This also distracts from the efforts that should be put into developing interoperable digital health credentials,” said Mark Agnew, senior vice−president of policy with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

New York Rep. Brian Higgins, meanwhile, has said the restriction “harms separated families and hurts opportunities for economic recovery.”

The restrictions also apply to Mexico.

– with files from The Canadian Press

(PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg)

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