This past Wednesday, the United States released a statement that announced that the land border closures between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada have been extended, continuing to bar all non-essential travel while officials continue their debates and talk about options.
As stated by USA Today, “U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will remain closed through Aug. 21, according to documents to be published in the Federal Register. The previous U.S. border restrictions were set to end Thursday.”
“Restrictions on entry into the U.S. by land and ferry travel are extended until 11:59 p.m. Aug. 21, according to the notices,” stated the outlet.
As stated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the limitations have seen extensions again in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, which they now include the delta variant in.
“DHS is in constant contact with Canadian and Mexican counterparts to identify the conditions under which restrictions may be eased safely and sustainably,” stated the DHS in a release this past Wednesday as reported by Angelo Fernández, a spokesperson for USA Today.
Additionally, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has also completely refused to commit to any timetable for when Old Uncle Joe’s administration may plan to begin loosening their restrictions on travel.
As stated by Reuters, Old Uncle Joe was questioned this past Friday about when the United States was planning to change its travel restrictions on Europe. Uncle Joe stated that he would “be able to answer that question to you within the next several days — what is likely to happen.”
These decisions crop up in the wake of Canada announcing this past week that it would be starting the reopening of its borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9th with “[o]ther foreign nationals will be permitted to enter beginning September 7,” as stated by The Daily Wire.
“On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favorable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travelers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements,” stated the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of a press release.
“The release went on to stipulate that in addition to having received one of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Canadian government, any would-be visitors must also ‘provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to arrival in Canada; meet the pre-entry testing requirements; be asymptomatic upon arrival; and have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation) ready to show a government official on request as evidence,’” reported the Wire.
“Regarding Canada’s reopening plan, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday: ‘We are continuing to review our travel restrictions. Any decisions about reopening travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. We take this incredibly seriously. We look and are guided by our own medical experts. I wouldn’t look at it through a reciprocal intention,'” continued the outlet.