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Canada keeping border closed to foreign travellers for at least another month

Canada is keeping its borders closed to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans for at least another month, according to CBC News.

The country made the unprecedented decision to close its international borders mid-March in response to the growing pandemic.

The travel ban was expected to expire on Tuesday evening but it has been “extended until July 31 for public health reasons”, according to a spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency.

The government also continues to advise against all non-essential travel outside of Canada for an indefinite period of time.

The current order bans virtually all non-residents from entering Canada if they arrive from a foreign country other than the U.S., with a small number of exceptions including aircrew, some international students, diplomats and immediate family members of citizens.

A separate order prohibits non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border until at least July 21.

The news comes just one day after the European Union agreed to allow some Canadians to enter 27 countries beginning tomorrow. Canada is among 15 countries that have the green light from the EU.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to announce when Canada will reopen its border to international travellers, but he said in a briefing on June 22 that Ottawa is going to be “very, very careful” about how and when it proceeds.

“I understand how difficult this is and how frustrating this is for some people,” Trudeau said, “but we know that reopening too quickly or carelessly would lead us to a resurgence that might well force us to go back into lockdown, to shut down the economy once again, and nobody wants that.”

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