Canada-US land border restrictions, extended hotel quarantine

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A US Customs and Protection vehicle is next to a sign that says the border is closed to non-essential traffic at the crossing of the Canada-United States border at the Bridge of the Thousand Islands, to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada, September 28, 2020. REUTERS / Lars Hagberg / Photo archive

Canada and the United States on Tuesday extended the closure of the land border to non-essential travelers, and air passengers arriving in Canada will continue to be tested for COVID-19 before the hotel’s quarantine period, officials said.

Land border restrictions, imposed in March 2020, were extended until May 21. Now in place for 13 months, they are being renewed month by month. Mexico said on Monday night that it is also maintaining some of its border curbs. Read More

The United States Department of Homeland Security said it was “involved in discussions with Canada and Mexico about easing restrictions as health conditions improve”.

The restrictions hit many communities and border businesses hard. Many US lawmakers have called for loosening restrictions or defining a roadmap to resume normal travel.

But Canada is lagging behind the United States in vaccinating against the coronavirus, and much of the country is now battling a virulent third wave of the pandemic, with schools and businesses closing. [L8N2MD6F9] Read More

The mandatory three-day quarantine at hotels in Canada after airport tests, which was introduced as a temporary measure to discourage spring break travel, was also extended until May 21, health officials said.

In February, Canada began testing and requiring international air arrivals to pay for a three-day quarantine at hotels, a move criticized by airlines that were pressured by the pandemic. More flight restrictions may be coming.

“We are still looking at more (measures),” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference. “I asked our employees to carefully review, for example, what the UK did recently in suspending flights from India.”

Quebec Prime Minister François Legault also expressed concern on Tuesday about international flights from India and Brazil – two of the worst points in the world for the coronavirus.

Air travelers to Canada must have taken a test within three days of departure and, again, on arrival. If the airport text is negative, they can end a 14-day quarantine at home.

However, data obtained by Reuters showed that more than 1,000 passengers, or 1.5% of those who arrived from February 22 to March 25, tested positive for COVID-19, raising doubts about a broad loosening of restrictions before the season. summer travel. Read More

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