Canadian Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Friday that they are extending the ban on American Tourists. The tourists entering from its northern neighbor will have to wait until at least September 21. As the number of positive new cases of coronavirus in the United States is increasing.
Since March Canada and Mexico have banned American from entering the country. However, it was a mutual decision of both countries. To stop all nonessential travel to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re taking this step to keep people in both our countries safe. Because your health and safety is always our top priority,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Friday, according to Business Insider.
The media outlet also noted that 80 percent of Canadians polled by the British Broadcasting Corp. want their country to ban American travelers until at least the end of the year.
Canadians are apparently regularly reporting American visitors to their country to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; some are even vandalizing cars with American license plates.
US Bans Nonessential Travel to Canada
However, the United States is also extending a ban on non-essential travel at land borders with Canada and Mexico. It will be for another 30 days as several states struggle to contain a coronavirus outbreak, a top U.S. official confirmed Friday.
Acting U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed the action on Twitter.
“We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21,” Wolf wrote.
This ban for one more month does not cover trade or travel by air. The ban was first imposed in March as several cases in the United States spike. The current range of restrictions runs out on Aug 21.
A U.S. official said on the matter that this ban can last for several more months. As it depends on the situation of coronavirus cases in the US, which has killed more than 165,000 Americans.
The premiers of several major Canadian provinces say they want to keep out U.S. tourists. Until there is clear evidence the coronavirus outbreak south of the border is under control.
However, since last month Canada has made its travel rules more strict for foreign travelers. As several U.S. citizens were fined for making detours to sightsee.
The United States and Mexico agreed to clamp down on the border. Mexico has told the U.S. government that it supports extending restrictions for an additional month, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday.