It is all over for now for those American who love to travel to Canada to shop and sightsee.
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed for more than half a year now, but travelers are still try8ng to cross it. Thousands were recently rejected from entering the country from March 22 through October 2, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.
It doesn’t matter if they chose to go by land, air or water. While most (87% are Americans), 13% are citizens of other countries but coming from the U.S.
No doubt tourism is down in Canada, yet these eager beavers seeing recreation in another area are being turned away.
Despite the border restrictions, thousands of lucky Canadians get to travel internationally to and from Canada. In fact, the week up to October 4 clocked 54,934 travelers, just by air. Sixty-six percent were Canadians. However, this is a big decline of 92% since 2019 at this time.
Looking at more stats, truck drivers crossing to Canada up a meager one percent despite few restrictions on commercial shipping. After all, the country needs food and medical supplies.
But regulations do apply to non-essential travel, which is now banned. Easing up may be forthcoming on compassionate grounds. In addition, international students may be allowed to enter Canada if they fulfill certain requirements.
Of note, the federal government has advised against all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.
There is hope for extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents. They will be allowed to come to the country to visit. However, long-term but unmarried couples who do not share an address must a notarized declaration of the relationship.
Others who can now enter Canada are non-relative foreign nationals under compassionate circumstances. This would be a close friend experiencing a life-threatening illness or a case critical injury or death.
There is a caveat in this pandemic. Anyone seeking to enter Canada must quarantine for 14 days.