Authorities in both countries remain concerned about the further spread of the coronavirus.
The authorities of Canada and the United States intend to extend the ban on non-essential travel until the end of July, as both countries remain concerned about the possible spread of the coronavirus. Several sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
The ban on non-essential travel between the US and Canada was first introduced in March and then extended in April and May. The current ban expires on June 21. The ban does not apply to commercial cargo transportation.
Sources in Ottawa and Washington said that although a final decision has not yet been made, it is likely that the ban will be extended for another month.
According to a US administration source who spoke to the Agency on condition of anonymity, the ban will be extended on June 21. “We want to consider this issue again in July,” the source added.
The US Department of homeland security has not yet responded to a request for comment from Reuters.
Although the rate of spread of the coronavirus is slowing in 10 Canadian provinces, Toronto and Montreal, the country’s two largest cities, have recently registered an increase in new infections.
According to a second source, the authorities of most Canadian provinces have privately told Ottawa of their reluctance to resume active automobile traffic with the United States.
Some Canadian provinces still restrict people from entering and leaving regions within the country. Another source in Ottawa explained that the current restrictions between the territories are another factor against lifting the ban on non-essential travel to the US.
A spokeswoman for Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Christy Freeland, who is responsible for Canadian-American relations, said that both countries consider the ban on non-essential travel to be a useful measure.
The extension of the ban could cause further damage to the Canadian air carriers and the tourism industry.
Airlines, including the most significant Canadian carrier, Air Canada, were the most affected by the ban. Travel bans have led to the cancellation of thousands of flights, forcing airlines to cut jobs and costs.