United States borders with Canada, Mexico to stay closed due to Covid-19

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On Friday, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair announced that Canada had extended its Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential global and USA travel until July 21.

Blair said Monday that while the border restrictions-introduced 15 months ago early in the COVID-19 pandemic-were never going to be permanent, a higher rate of vaccinations both in Canada and overseas will be needed before throwing out all worldwide travel limits is safe.

Parliamentary members and travel industry leaders have been pleading with the government to re-open the border, which has had devastating economic effects for both countries.

Some U.S. lawmakers and border communities that have been hit hard by the restrictions have pushed to relax them ahead of the busy summer travel season.

Canada is largely off-limits to USA travelers.

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Government of Canada announces easing of testing, quarantine requirements for fully-vaccinated travelers, those with confirmation of Permanent Residence.

To be considered for the exemption, the travellers must have received a vaccine that is now approved for use in Canada, and must have received all required doses at least 14 days before leaving.

He said his plan to ease travel measures will take a phased-in approach, and some cabinet ministers suggest the gradual plan won't begin until early July.

"We haven't reached the finish line, and the finish line is when a significant majority of Canadians, approximately 75 per cent, are fully vaccinated", Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Sunday.

Travel restrictions for those who are not fully vaccinated remain unchanged. A formal date has not been set.

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Mandatory quarantine will also stop by the first week of July, and people entering the country will not have to stay in quarantine for too long, as they can leave right after getting a negative test result.

The United States is also holding working-group meetings on relaxing travel restrictions with the UK and the European Union, but US and airline officials said previously they did not expect the Biden administration to lift the restrictions until around July 4 at the earliest. Two officials said the working groups are each expected to meet twice a month. Blair's announcement Friday that Canada would extend the border restrictions was met with some unusually blunt language from Brian Higgins, a New York Democrat who represents a border district.

Mexico is one of the countries that the expert working groups are working on to resume worldwide travel with. The government continues to "strongly advise" that Canadians avoid non-essential travel outside of the country.

Ebrard announced that more than 1.3 million single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines had been received and would be used at the border with the United States. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality's entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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