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The border between Canada and the United States will be closed until February 21 | The Canadian News

These nonessential travel restrictions are intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Rodrigo Diaz M.

The border between Canada and the United States will be closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced the latest extension of international travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Our government will continue to ensure the safety of Canadians against COVID-19 and will base its decisions on the best public health advice available,” Blair wrote.

The agreement between Canada and the United States prohibits the entry of most travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons entering from the United States for “essential” reasons, entered into force at the end of March and has been updated month after month since then.

“Our government has been unequivocal since the beginning of this pandemic that discretionary travel should be avoided in all circumstances. This has been critical to the safety of our communities and to the success of our efforts in the fight against COVID-19, ”said Blair spokeswoman Mary-Liz Power.

Power said Canada’s border measures are among the strongest in the world.

On January 7, a measure was approved by which people entering Canada must present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights.

With very limited exemptions, everyone entering Canada, no matter what country they come from or how they arrive, must isolate themselves for 14 days upon return.

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