The border has been closed to non-essential travel for months. With the number of cases still high in many U.S. states, the two governments have mutually agreed to continue restricting travel across the world’s longest international border.
The closure has resulted in a dramatic drop in traffic between the two countries, although essential workers – such as truck drivers and medical professionals – can still cross by land. Canadians can still fly to American destinations.
The federal government also took action to curb the movement of Americans across Canada en route to Alaska. US travelers to the Northern State have been limited to five crossings in Western Canada and must commit to a direct route.
In June, a man traveling from Alaska to the continental United States was charged with violating Canada’s Quarantine Act. He has been charged with twice failing to follow COVID-19 public safety rules in Banff.
If convicted of violating a quarantine order, he could be fined up to $ 750,000 or six months in jail.
US travelers are prohibited from passing through national parks, recreation and tourist sites and are issued a hang tag for their rear-view mirror indicating the date they must leave Canada.
However, some Banff residents have started calling the rule the “Alaska Rift” after spotting American plaques around the Alberta tourist hotspot.