In advance of travel restrictions to be implemented at their border effective tomorrow, on Saturday, March 21, both the Canadian and U.S. government have released more details on who will be included and excluded from the restrictions.
Included in the restrictions are those seeking to travel between the border for non-essential purposes. The Canadian government has defined “non-essential” travel as that which is done for tourism or recreational purposes. Such travellers are forbidden from travelling across the border for the 30-day period following March 21, after which both Canada and the U.S. will review the border restrictions.
The Canadian government’s statement suggests that American and Canadian work permit holders will be deemed as essential travellers, however this should not be interpreted as an exhaustive waiver for all work permit holders until official confirmation is provided by either the American or Canadian government.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also released a notice today on the provisions of the travel restrictions.
It states that travel through land ports of entry and ferry terminals along the U.S.-Canada border shall be limited to “essential travel”, which includes but is not limited to:
The bullet in bold indicates Canadians will be able to travel to the U.S. for work. CIC News will confirm whether this is, in fact, the case as more information becomes available.
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