U.S. Extends Closure of Land Border With Canada Until October 21

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Canada immigration news: The U.S. has once again extended its closure of the land border with Canada as part of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Despite Canada having opened up to fully vaccinated Americans since the beginning of August, U.S. land borders with both Canada and Mexico will remain closed until October 21.

The borders were closed in March 2020 as coronavirus spread throughout the continent.

While land borders remain closed, the U.S. has eased restrictions on air travel as of November for fully vaccinated foreigners.

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Under the relaxed rules, air travellers to the U.S. will need proof of full vaccination and a negative test within 72 hours of boarding.

The move represents a move to an individual-based approach and away from a country-based approach, which the White House described as ‘a stronger system’.

It means countries like the U.K., China and India will no longer have targeted travel restrictions.

Meanwhile, the new rules will also see unvaccinated Americans require a test one day before travelling to or leaving the country. Furthermore, vaccinated travellers will be exempt from quarantine.

The decision to extend the land border closure come despite calls from American officials to allow Canadians to cross into the U.S.

All fully-vaccinated Americans have been allowed to travel to Canada since August 9, provided the have a negative test in the last 72 hours, are resident in the U.S. and had their second COVID-19 shot at least two weeks before. All details must be uploaded on the ArriveCAN app.

Meanwhile, as of September 7, Canada started allowing in all fully vaccinated international travellers with a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight. Again, details must upload to ArriveCAN.

Canadian immigration officials are telling anyone who applied for a visitor visa before September 7 to re-apply if their situation has changed and they are coming for one of 10 reasons.

Those reasons include coming to Canada:

  • to be reunited with an immediate family member who is a Canadian citizen, a person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • to be reunited with an immediate family member who is in Canada temporarily;
  • to be reunited with an extended family member who is a Canadian citizen, a person registered under Canada’s Indian Act or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • to visit for business (meeting, special event, training);
  • to attend an end-of-life ceremony or a funeral;
  • to be present during the final moments of the life of a loved one;
  • to provide care to a critically ill person;
  • to join a vessel as a marine crew member;
  • to assume a posting as a diplomat or to travel as an accompanying immediate family member of a diplomat arriving on posting who will also be accredited in Canada, or;
  • to handle the affairs of a victim of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.
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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of immigration.ca featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.