Canada and the US have closed their shared border for nonessential travel, with mutual agreement. The decision came in a bid to halt the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Soon after the governments of both countries announced their last move, for some citizens it caused confusion and uncertainty, what does “nonessential travel” exactly means?!
Nonessential travel signifies that the border between Vermont and Quebec will be ineligible for crossing unless for essential travel or trucking. Travellers who want to cross the border for recreation and tourism will not be permitted VisaGuide.World reports.
However, the border will continue to be opened for essential travel due to health and economic safety.
“We must preserve supply chains between both countries. These supply chains include the passage of food, fuel, and medicines to reach people in both countries. Trucking won’t be affected, for example,” Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, pointed out.
While the trucking will be exempted from the order, whether residents who frequently cross the border, for social or to operate family businesses will be exempt from the order or not, remains unclear.
Officials in Whatcom County are concerned about hundred physicians and health care workers who need to cross the border every day, cause they live in British Columbia and work in Whatcom County.
Some citizens are concerned that this decision can dramatically hit the economy.
However, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that the Northern Border with Canada would be temporarily closed, while the trade will not be affected.
According to the US President, the travel restriction will last at least 30 days.
“I just spoke to President Trump again this morning, and we have agreed that both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all nonessential travel across the Canada-U.S. border,” Trudeau highlighted on Wednesday.
Citizens from China, Iran, and several European countries are banned from entering the United States, including anyone who visited these countries within the 14 days before coming to the US.
On Wednesday, Canada closed its borders to the countries considered as the most affected by the coronavirus outbreak, but the decision didn’t include the US.
On the other hand, the United States government announced that the US embassies around the world would be temporarily suspended, due to the deadly virus. After the US government proclaimed coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, the US J1 summer visa program will also be suspended for 60 days.