Will the Delta Variant Stop U.S.-Canadian Travel?

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –   Prime minister, Jason Trudeau, said on Tuesday, “For me, the gradual reopening will take place on timelines of several weeks – not several months.” The Trudeau government has “shared no dates and very few concrete metrics” for opening the border between Canada and the U.S.

Trudeau said that he has hope of opening the Canadian-U.S. border in the coming weeks, but “that will depend on the trajectory of Covid-19.”

Trudeau is under a quarantine after his trip to the G-7 and NATO summits last week.  With growing concern over the Delta variant, Trudeau is obviously using caution in his decision-making process. Canada has only a 20 percent of people who are fully vaccinated. 

Just last week, President Biden declared that most certainly the virus will “rise in some regions with lower vaccination rates.” People without any vaccinations will be more at risk. Both Canada and the U.S. have agreed to keep the borders closed to “nonessential travel until at least July 21.” Nevertheless, when July 21 arrives, this still means that you must be fully vaccinated to cross. If the person is a resident or if the person has a particular right to enter Canada, then he can enter. Any nonessential travelers — including Americans — will be blocked.

Officials in Ottawa said this week that “any update will require the full vaccination of at least 75 percent of Canada’s population.” Trudeau did say, “I understand the impatience people have to get traveling again, but keeping Canadians safe has been, and will continue to be, our Number One priority.”

Most of the arguments about opening the Canadian-U.S. border comes from “lawmakers, business leaders, property owners with land on the other side of the border, and families separated from relatives for more than a year.” The prime argument is that those who are fully vaccinated should be free to travel from one country to the other. 


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