Currently the US-Canada border is closed to non-essential travel. Who is allowed to travel isn’t always clear.
Restrictions were put in place back in March for a month, as SARS-CoV-2 took off, and limits have been extended since then. Even the Islamic State (ISIS) ceaed non-essential business travel at the time.
Currently the border closure lasts through June 21, though Canada has loosened restrictions somewhat to allow family members of citizens and permanent residents to return starting today.
However the ban is expected to be extended by both the U.S. and Canada into late July, according to sources on both sides of the border.
“It’s going to be a clean rollover” on June 21, said a U.S. source who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation. “We will want to look at it again in July.”
…Several provinces have clamped down on travel within Canada, and a third Canadian source said these inter-provincial restrictions would make it hard to lift the ban on non-essential travel with the United States.
There’s little benefit to the U.S. from limiting travel from Canada, even though the virus continues to spread in Canada’s largest cities, because it already continues to spread in the States. However parts of Canada aren’t experiencing significant virus spread, so there are naturally factions up north very concerned about importing the virus from the U.S. And for international diplomacy it looks better, and makes both sides look strong, if the extension appears mutual.
It’s a good thing that the offer to get paid to stay in Vancouver runs through