Unsurprisingly, Americans shouldn’t expect to be able to travel to Canada anytime soon, as the border closure is expected to once again be extended.
Canada closes border to Americans through December 21
The border between the US and Canada has been closed for non-essential travel since March 21. Up until this point the border has been closed for non-essential travel through November 21. It’s now being reported that the border closure will be extended through December 21, 2020.
This marks the eighth extension, as we’ve always seen the border closure extended by a month at a time (first through April 21, then through May 21, then through June 21, then through July 21, then through August 21, then through September 21, then through October 21, then through November 21, and now through December 21).
This is being done to control the spread of coronavirus. This prevents most non-essential travel, but select essential travelers, as well as goods, are still allowed to cross the border.
There are a couple of further things to note:
- Americans are allowed to transit Canada enroute to a third country, but only if remaining in sterile transit
- Canadians are allowed to vacation in the US if arriving by air, though Americans aren’t allowed to vacation in Canada
Canadians continue to be able to travel to the US by air
Trudeau warns not to expect the policy to change
While the border closure is currently through December 21, it seems highly likely that it will be extended beyond that. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the following during an interview last month, suggesting the situation in the US would have to materially change for the border to reopen:
“We have committed to keeping Canadians safe and we keep extending the border closures because the United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders. We see the cases in the United States and elsewhere around the world, and we need to continue to keep these border controls in place.”
Across the board, any travel over the coming months (especially internationally) really will have to be planned last minute, given how often restrictions are being updated.
A vast majority of Canadians continue to remain opposed to borders reopening. I certainly can’t blame them for that, especially when you consider that Canadians continue to be allowed to vacation in the US if traveling by air (not that they’d necessarily want to, but they can).
Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the border reopening
Coronavirus in the US vs. Canada
How do case numbers actually compare in the US & Canada?
- The US has seen a total of 11.6 million cases and 250K deaths, with a population of 328 million
- Canada has seen a total of 311K cases and over 11K deaths, with a population of 38 million
While case numbers are currently increasing in both countries, there’s simply no arguing that the situation is much worse in the US than Canada.
The US has seen 4.3x as many cases per capita, and 2.6x as many deaths per capita.
The US has seen a lot more cases & deaths than Canada
The border between the US & Canada continues to be closed through at least December 21, 2020, though it’s highly likely the closure will be extended beyond that. Canadians continue to be able to vacation in the US (if they want), while the opposite isn’t true, so I can’t blame Canadians for the sentiment…
When do you think we’ll see the US & Canadian border reopen?