Restrictions for Non-essential travel to continue one more month

To the disappointment of many, the closure of the international bridges between the United States and Canada, will continue until the month of September. The announcement comes just as couple of days away before it was announced prior that crossing for non-essential travel would began on August 21. It had previously been mentioned that the restrictions on non-essential travel would only be until August 21, but seeing that the increase int COVID-19 cases has not stopped, officials have opted for extending the north border closure one more month, until September 21. The US embassy has just announced the extension on its website as well as mentioning what is considered essential travel and what type of travel will be restricted. For ...

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Non-essential travel will continue to be restricted until August in both US borders

Travel restrictions at the borders of the United States, Mexico and Canada will be extended until August due to new outbreaks of coronavirus.. Health authorities for the three neighboring countries were exploring the extension of non-essential travel from July 21 to August, until they see a decrease in Coronavirus cases. States in the southern United States and northern Mexico such as California, Arizona, Texas and Tamaulipas have registered high numbers of Coronavirus cases and more in border cities, where traffic continues to circulate. Canada-US border has also seen an increase in crossings even with the restrictions that are being implemented, cause concern as cases keep increasing. Restrictions were imposed on recreational and tourist travel. Commerce between them has not been ...

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Health officials will now be at border crossings for COVID-19 screening

As the volume of travellers entering Canada through the U.S. has increased in recent weeks, public health officials are being placed at land borders to bolster screening for COVID-19. The Public Health Agency of Canada is adding on-site employees at 36 points of entry, including those in New Brunswick such as St. Stephen, Woodstock and Edmundston. This will cover air and land post where they see a 90% of travellers coming into the country. Seeing an increase of cross-border travel in the recent weeks, officials were faced with the necessity to add a second screening,in cases where they faced issues on initial inspection. But this raises concern in travellers. Traffic between the U.S. and Canada has decreased ...

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Canada recognizes that it cannot contain the transmission of COVID-19 on agricultural farms

The authorities' interest comes after three Mexican workers died as a result of the disease Canadian authorities recognized this Monday their powerlessness to control the spread of COVID-19 in farms that employ hundreds of Mexican, Central American, and Caribbean seasonal workers and have become the country's main infectious focus. The province of Ontario, the largest and most populous in Canada, recognized over 257 new cases of COVID-19, that is 44% more than the previous day, after the authorities started a surveillance campaign in a rural area in which they concentrate the agricultural exploitations. Of the 257 new cases announced, 177 were detected in the Windsor-Essex area, located along the border with the United States where both countries house major ...

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Canadian airline denies passage to traveller flying to U.S. to see terminally ill husband

A Canadian airline made one of their passengers for through an 'unfortunate situation' according to the airline, due to a misinterpretation of the complex border rules being implemented during the pandemic. Maytte Muscolw who was traveling from Kelowna, B.C. to Cleveland, was denied a boarding pass,as she was told that she could not enter American soil, and if she did she would be fined $1,000.00 dollars. Air Canada, the responsible airline has apologized to the passenger after it denied her access to fly to Cleveland last month to visit her terminally ill husband. The airline mentioned that the misunderstanding arose from a misinterpretation of the complex border restrictions that have been implemented since mid March when ...

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The US will extend restrictions for Green Cards until end of 2020

In order to use the pandemic to return jobs to American citizens, the administration of President Donald Trump will extend restrictions on Green Cards. President says measure is to reduce visas for foreign workers and this will help protect American jobs. Donald Trump will extend a suspension of immigration to the United States, imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, banning green card applications for the rest of the year and introducing restrictions on other visa categories, including those for highly skilled jobs. A senior official said Trump was also limiting other visas, including H-1Bs, which are often used by tech companies, and H-2s, which are used for low- skilled jobs. The official said the restrictions would create employment opportunities for ...

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Non-essential travel restriction will continue until July 21

Both borders of the United States will remain closed to non-essential travel until July 21. The restriction that was implemented in mid-March should have ended next week, but given the continuing increase in Covid-19 cases, these will be extended for another month. "Based on the success of existing restrictions and with the emergence of additional global Covid-19 contagion points, the Department will continue to limit non-essential travel to our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico," Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary for National security. he said in a statement. The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, mentioned that this measure is taken with the safety of the citizens of the three countries, before the fight against the Covid-19 cases. At ...

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Social distancing fines for residents in Vancouver

Since the increase of COVID-19 cases in Canada, also after it was confirmed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife was positive for COVID-19, and the closure of the northern border to non-essential travels, the Canadian government encouraged many to enforce the protocol of social distancing. Advising them to try and avoid big crowds and leaving their homes for unnecessary reasons. But it has become clear that many Canadians are not looking to comply with the rest. There were reports from across the country over the weekend of people flouting those orders by congregating in parks, beaches and other public areas despite warnings from public health officials that isolating from other people is a critical means of trying to limit ...

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking to bring back oversea residents by airlifts

Trudeau said the government is working closely with provinces and territories in the fight against COVID-19, but that Canada is not at the point where the Emergencies Act needs to be invoked. This past Saturday Trudeau said the government was already working with commercial airlines in order to bring back Canadians stuck overseas. Trudeau said the government is working to secure flights to other locations, including Peru and Spain, in the next coming days but said the government will not be able to help all Canadians seeking assistance as space will be limited. Many Canadian citizens and residents have returned to Canada in the past week, but travel is becoming more complicated. Some people have had to exchange flights in ...

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Future plans for the borders in the face of a growing threat from COVID-19

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mexico number 82, compared to about 5,600 in the United States and more than 470 in Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a press conference that the Canada-United States border will now be closed to all non-essential travel. This unprecedented travel ban reflects the increasing efforts of both countries to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Trudeau stated that American citizens would not be prohibited from crossing the border (the longest in the world shared by two countries) into Canada, and noted the importance of keeping trade flowing freely. Canada depends on the United States for almost 75% of its exports and 18% of its imports. The southern border is beginning to ...

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