STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As Canada continues to grapple with a third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the U.S. government is officially telling citizens to avoid all travel to the country.
Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department added more than 100 new countries, including Canada, to the “Do Not Travel” list in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“Do not travel to Canada due to COVID-19,” the U.S. travel advisory reads. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Canada due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.”
The CDC says that all travelers, even those who have been fully vaccinated, should avoid Canada due to the rising rates of the novel coronavirus.
“Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada,” according to the CDC guidance.
The new advisory should have fairly minimal impact on American’s travel plans, as non-essential travel to Canada by U.S. residents has been banned since the start of the pandemic. Non-essential travel includes all travel that is recreational or tourism-based in nature, according to the U.S. Embassy.
Essential travel for U.S. citizens is still permitted, but only includes “work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security,” according to the embassy.
For those continuing to travel to Canada for essential purposes, the CDC advises that they be fully vaccinated and continue to adhere to the basic health and safety protocols that have been in place throughout the pandemic.
“If you must travel to Canada, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands,” according to the CDC.
The addition of Canada to the “Do Not Travel” list came during the same week that the U.S. and Canada announced that the countries’ land-border would remain closed to non-essential travel until at least May 21, making it 14 months since non-essential travel has been permitted between the two countries.
“To deter the spread of #COVID19 and protect our citizens, the United States is continuing restrictions on non-essential travel at our land borders through May 21, while maintaining the flow of essential trade and travel as we have for over a year,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Originally Appeared On: https://www.silive.com/coronavirus/2021/04/canada-travel-advisory-neighbors-to-the-north-added-to-do-not-travel-list.html