Authorities in the United States have decided to prolong border restrictions imposed on Mexico and Canada until at least September 21.
Such a decision has also been confirmed by the US Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes, VisaGuide.World reports.
“To minimize the spread of COVID- 19, including the Delta variant, the United States is extending restrictions on non-essential travel at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico through September 21, while continuing to ensure the flow of essential trade and travel” the statement published by the US Department of Homeland Security reads.
According to the World Health Organization figures, Canada has registered a total of 1,465,866 cases of COVID-19 infection and over 26,789 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. On the other hand, Mexico has recorded 3,225,073 infection cases and 253,155 deaths, based on the same source.
Such figures led authorities in the United States to prolong their restrictions for both countries in order to halt the virus further spread.
However, in this regard, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stressed that every country “gets to make its own decisions” on how to protect the health of its citizens.
At present, Canada permits travellers from the United States to enter into the country if they’ve been fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus and meet the entry requirements.
“We have moved forward with an exemption for vaccinated, fully vaccinated Americans and, as of September, fully vaccinated travellers from around the world, because we know that this fourth wave is one that is affecting unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people, and the risk of welcoming in people who are fully vaccinated is minimal,” Trudeau pointed out in this regard.
Authorities in the United States have shut their doors to many countries worldwide in a bid to maintain the COVID-19 situation under control.
The US government continues to keep in place its ban imposed on travellers from Canada, including those from the European Union and Schengen Zone countries, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, and Iran. Such a decision has often been criticized by many governments and organizations who called the US authorities to abolish such restrictions.
Previously, a report published by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) emphasized that due to the COVID-19 situation, Canada’s travel and tourism sector suffered a 59.2 billion financial loss and a total of 53 per cent decrease in contribution to the country’s GDP last year.
Besides, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a total of 373,000 people engaged in Canada’s tourism and travel industry lost their jobs in 2020.
On the other hand, WTTC previously estimated that due to the COVID-19 situation, the US risked losing $155 billion last year.
Even though there have been some speculations that the US may soon lift the entry ban imposed on other countries in order to prevent further damages caused on many industries, such a thing has not happened yet.