The U.S. and Canada are working to lift Covid-19 border restrictions. This is being done as U.S. has seen high vaccination rates and Canada is also vaccinating its citizens. U.S. and Canadian officials are set to meet this week in order to discuss how this must eventually be carried out. No immediate action is expected, and multiple meetings are being held to discuss the steps to be taken in order to lift these restrictions.
Business leaders from both the U.S. and Canada have voiced concerns related to the ban on non-essential travel at the borders due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. These restrictions were put in place in March 2020, when the pandemic began and has been renewed on a monthly basis since then. These measures also apply to the US-Mexico border, but do not affect trade and other essential travel.
The U.S. and Canada are Working To Lift Covid-19 Border Restrictions which are set to expire on June 21, but there are reports that the U.S. and industry officials expect these restrictions to be extended again.
Reuters reported on June 8 the Biden administration was forming expert working groups with Canada, Mexico, the European Union and the United Kingdom to determine how best to safely restart travel after 15 months of pandemic restrictions. Another meeting is expected in Mexico in a few days and meetings with Europe and the U.K. are also set to happen in the coming week but there could be a change in the timings.
The restrictions currently put in place will not allow most of the non-U.S. citizens who have been to 26 Schengen nations in Europe without border controls, the U.K., China, India, Ireland, South Africa, Brazil and Iran within the last 14 days from traveling to the United States.