Skip to Main Content
Services Talent Knowledge
Site Search
Menu

Blog Post

September 17, 2020

US-Canada Border Closed Until September 21

In March, the United States and Canada agreed to temporarily close their borders to all non-essential travel. The closure has since been extended five times and remains in effect until September 21, with the possibility of yet another extension looming. Although not confirmed, it wouldn’t be surprising if the border remains closed through the end of the year.

The US-Canada land border serves as an economic hub that supports over $1.7 billion (USD) in daily cross-border trade. The joint initiative between the United States and Canada to suspend non-essential travel was implemented solely to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Both countries are taking active measures to maintain a strong, secure economic supply chain. 

For example, non-essential travel was defined as any trip for tourism or recreational purposes only, such as sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events. Essential commerce and trade aren’t impacted. This means that anyone authorized to work in the United States can still enter the country, and Canadian citizens can still apply for TN and L-1 work permits with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the border.

In addition, it’s a common misconception that all non-essential travel to the United States is prohibited—fortunately, this is simply not true. The border closure and current travel restrictions only apply at land ports of entry (e.g., individuals driving across the US-Canada border) and don’t apply to air, rail, or sea travel. This means that Canadians seeking entry for non-essential reasons can still book a flight to the United States. 
 

Featured Media

Alerts

Eighth Circuit Rules in Favor of Insurer in First Appellate Decision Involving COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage

Alerts

American Rescue Plan Act: Initial New York State Spending Plan, New York State Then Subverts Federal Assurances

Alerts

Education Department's Office for Civil Rights Issues Q&A on Title IX Sexual Harassment Regulations

Alerts

New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting Regulations Challenged by Host Communities and Local Interest Groups

Alerts

New York State Department of Labor Issues HERO Act Guidance

Alerts

US Department of Education Applies Bostock v. Clayton County to Title IX Enforcement

This site uses cookies to give you the best experience possible on our site and in some cases direct advertisements to you based upon your use of our site.

By clicking [I agree], you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For information on what cookies we use and how to manage our use of cookies, please visit our Privacy Statement.

I AgreeOpt-Out