Canada and the USA Are Keeping The Border Closed
Canada's public safety minister Bill Blair Tweeted "We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21, 2020. Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe."
This Tweet on October 19, 2020, was responded to by Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who confirmed Mr. Blair’s news.
"To continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, the US, Mexico, & Canada will extend the restrictions on non-essential travel," he Tweeted. "We are working closely with Mexico & Canada to identify safe criteria to ease the restrictions in the future & support our border communities."
These measures were initially implemented on March 21, 2020, and were originally in place for 30 days, stated DHS.
Previously, on October 2, 2020, Canada announced new processes for extended family members and those wishing to enter Canada for compassionate reasons. In addition, new processes will soon be in place for international students.
From an overall health perspective, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has maintained a Level 3 Travel Alert focused on Canada since August 6, 2020.
Getting vaccinated against infectious disease is one of the most effective ways to protect your health while traveling abroad. Most travel vaccines need to be administered at least 1-month prior to departure to ensure maximum protection, says the U.S. CDC.
An updated list of travel vaccines is found on this Vax-Before-Travel webpage.
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