Various news outlets are reporting that the travel restrictions between the United States and Canada, set to expire May 21, will be extended, possibly through June.

"Canada and the United States are both 'very comfortable' with their mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel, but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland won't say if the Americans want to extend the restrictions beyond June 21," CTV reported May 15. "Sources familiar with the discussions have confirmed Canada has requested that the existing agreement, which is slated to expire next week, be extended for another 30 days until June 21. The U.S. has been receptive to that request, say the sources, who were not authorized to discuss details and spoke on condition of anonymity." 

"The Trump administration is preparing to extend travel restrictions and stringent border control measures this week related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to two administration officials," CNN reported today. "The latest slate of restrictions indicate that while the United States moves toward reopening, the federal government is not ready to ease measures put in place in March that largely sealed off the US to stem the spread of Covid-19."

The travel ban, in effect since March 18, precludes non-essential travel between the two countries, but allows commercial and essential cross-border traffic.


Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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