U.S. and Canada prepares to close borders for non-essential travel

Published on : Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The United States and Canada are all set to finalize a deal between the two countries to close their shared border and establish a non-essential travel suspension. Both the countries are preparing to issue a joint statement in the next 24-48 hours. However, the deal is yet to be finalized and authorities are still working over the details of the rule.



The decision is being made in light of the recent coronavirus outbreak as more cases continue to rise across the globe. The joint agreement would be the latest attempt by both the countries in response to fighting the deadly virus outbreak. It would mark as the newest step to mitigate the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus after both countries decided to previously ban some international travel.



Once the plan is established, the United States and Canada borders would be closed to all tourists and shoppers. Canadians would be exempted from the rule and will be allowed to return to their homeland. In addition, commercial traffic is also supposed to continue in order to keep supply chains unaffected. The agreement will restrict the free-flow of travellers across the border but will enable the exchange of critical goods.



Earlier, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Canadian government would restrict entry to foreigners except for Americans but announced that the exception would be reviewed. Prime Minister Trudeau said in a recent press statement that even though the measures are far-reaching, it should be carried out, as certain exceptional circumstances require exceptional measures.



The agreement once executed would restrict all cross-border travel barring essential travel. Activities such as the delivery of goods and necessities would however continue. The decision is a mutual agreement between the States and Canada unlike travel restrictions to Europe and China. Canada has also established a special financial support system, the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadian Abroad to provide assistance to Canadian residents stranded abroad and directly affected by the virus spread.





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