U.S. land border remains closed

Less than two weeks after Canada opened its land border to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents, the U.S. announced that it will be extending its land border restrictions until Sept. 21.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security cited concerns over the Delta variant in an Aug. 20 tweet announcing the extended restrictions at land and ferry crossings with both Canada and Mexico.

“To minimize the spread of [COVID-19], including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through September 21, while continuing to ensure the flow of essential trade and travel,” the tweet read.

The U.S. border restrictions have been in place since March 2020.

The extension does not affect American citizens and permanent residents in Canada who wish to return to the U.S. via the land border. Canadians who meet certain requirements are still able to enter the U.S. via air travel.

Canada’s southern border has been open to non-essential travellers in a limited capacity since Aug. 9.

To qualify for entry, travellers must prove they are fully immunized with an approved vaccine. A negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours is also required. Travellers will not be required to quarantine upon entry.

Canada plans to open its borders to other fully vaccinated international travellers Sept. 7.