With the closure of the Canada-US border still in effect and the reduced number of flights available, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says there is still a significant drop in the number of travelers arriving in Canada compared to in the same period the previous year.
New statistics released Thursday showed that there was an 87% drop in land border crossings between May 25 and May 31 compared to the same period the previous year.
From May 27 to June 2, 2019, 1,076,529 travelers arrived in Canada at land border crossings. A year later, from May 25 to 31, there were only 137,786 land arrivals.
The Canada-US border was closed to all non-essential movement on March 21 to prevent further spread of the new coronavirus between the two countries.
Interestingly, the CBSA noted a 22% decrease in the number of truck drivers entering Canada from May 25 to 31, despite the fact that no restrictions were placed on commercial shipments and that the agency did not saw no indication of problems with supply chains for essentials, including food and medical supplies, arriving in Canada.
“The CBSA is working with other federal partners to share information with commercial stakeholders to ensure that commercial traffic continues,” said the CBSA in a press release.
As for travelers traveling to Canada from May 25 to 31, the CBSA said there was a 98% drop from the previous year, with 762,620 travelers arriving this week in 2019 at only 16,939 a year more. late.
On May 31 alone, the agency said air travel from the United States fell 98% from 55,683 to 965, and air travel from international destinations fell more by 97%, going from 64,243 to 2,037.
Flights to and from Canada have been significantly reduced in recent months, as countries around the world have closed their borders and restricted international travel in response to the pandemic.
CBSA data for the week of May 25 to 31 is consistent with previous figures, which showed a steady decline in air and land travel in Canada compared to the same periods in 2019.