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Updated: The Canadian border is now closed until at least October 21st. (Source: CBC)

The US has been lobbying the Canadian government to begin easing restrictions that have been in place since March.

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The Canadian Border with the United States Will Remain Closed Through (At Least) October 21st

Per CBC, “we¬†should expect the possibility the border will¬†remain closed¬†for longer.”

The Canadian government still wants to see evidence that the United States can manage the pandemic effectively.

Still, it should be no surprise to MilesTalk readers.

Each month, the border closure has been extended and each month I anticipate another extension. Earlier this summer, I wrote that the Canadian border with the United States could remain closed into 2021. I still think that is likely to be the case unless the coronavirus can be controlled within US borders.

The CBC reports that 80% of Canadians favor keeping the border sealed off so as to not risk undoing the progress they have made with the coronavirus.

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Canada vs United States in Coronavirus Cases

To understand why Canada wants to keep the border closure in place, we only need to look at the current data:

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Canadians Can Still Visit the US

As I remind you monthly, if you are a Canadian resident, you can still visit the US by air (only) subject, of course, to quarantine rules on your return to Canada.

I personally spend a lot of time in Canada and love to visit. I sure hope I can visit again soon…

 

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