Trudeau said in a press conference that he spoke with Biden about lifting the ban on non-essential travel between the United States and Canada. The restrictions were imposed in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. and Canadian business leaders have complained about border restrictions, which have curtailed tourist travel between the two countries, affecting Canadian businesses and airlines that rely on tourism, Reuters noted.
Trudeau said Canada needed more of its citizens to be vaccinated before border restrictions were lifted, adding that he would work closely with the Biden administration to be on the right track.
“We will continue to work closely together to move on the right track, but each of us will always put the interests and safety of our own citizens first,” Trudeau said at the press conference.
Canada announced last week that it would ease quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens starting in July.