US-Canada Border Restrictions Extended to July 21

Canada’s border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until at least July 21, Canada’s public safety minister announced Friday.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has said in the past that she would like to see 75% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated before advising that current border restrictions be loosened for business travelers and tourists who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

U.S. Representatives Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and Brian Higgins (D-NY), co-chairs of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, released the following joint statement in response to the extension of U.S. – Canada border restrictions:

“Millions of Americans and Canadians are counting on our governments to work together to reach an agreement that provides a clear roadmap for reopening the border between our two nations. The lack of transparency surrounding these negotiations is a disservice to our constituents and the millions of residents on both sides of the border waiting to see their loved ones, visit their property, and renew business ties. While the arrival of vaccines in record time has been a modern marvel, the inability of the U.S. and Canadian governments to reach an agreement on alleviating border restrictions or aligning additional essential traveler classes is simply unacceptable.”

In a tweet, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the Canadian government plans to release details on Monday about fully vaccinated Canadians returning to the country.