© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. customs officers converse with an individual on the Canada-United States border crossing on the Thousand Islands Bridge, which stays closed to non-essential site visitors to fight the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Lansdowne, Ontari
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will stay closed to non-essential journey till not less than Aug. 21, the U.S. Homeland Safety Division mentioned on Wednesday.
The 30-day extension got here after Canada introduced Monday it’s going to begin permitting fully-vaccinated U.S. guests into the nation on Aug. 9 for non-essential journey after the COVID-19 pandemic compelled an unprecedented 16-month ban that many companies complained was crippling them.
One troublesome query for the Biden administration is whether or not it will comply with Canada’s lead and require all guests to be vaccinated for COVID-19 earlier than coming into the US, sources briefed on the matter instructed Reuters.
The White Home plans a brand new spherical of high-level conferences to debate the journey restrictions and the potential of mandating COVID-19 vaccines, however no choices have been made, the sources mentioned.
In early June, the White Home launched interagency working teams with the European Union, Britain, Canada, and Mexico to have a look at methods to finally to carry restrictions.
Companies in Canada and the US, notably the journey and airline industries, pushed for an finish to restrictions on non-essential journey between the 2 nations, which had been imposed in March 2020 at first of the pandemic.
Since then, the land border has been closed to all non-essential journey. Nonetheless, the US has allowed Canadians to fly in, whereas Canada has not allowed People to do the identical.
The USA has continued to increase the restrictions on Canada and Mexico on a month-to-month foundation since March 2020.
Airways and others have urged the administration to carry restrictions masking most non-U.S. residents who’ve just lately been in Britain, the 26 Schengen nations in Europe with out border controls, Eire, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
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