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U.S.-Canada border to remain closed until June 21

Posted at 11:18 AM, May 19, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed to non-essential traffic until June 21, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning.

The ban on recreational traffic was set to expire on Thursday.

Commercial crossings, for trade and commerce, will continue as usual.

Travel restrictions between the countries were first put in place on March 20.

Below is the list of more essential travel exemptions, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security:

  • Individuals traveling for medical purposes
  • Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions
  • Individuals traveling to work in the United States
  • Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes
  • Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade
  • Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel
  • Members of U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States
  • Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations

The travel restrictions do not apply to air, freight rail, or sea travel between the U.S. and Canada.