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Update: United States and Canada Agree to Restrict Non-Essential Travel Across Shared Border for an Additional 30 Days

On July 16, the United States and Canada mutually agreed to restrict “non-essential” travel for an additional 30 days across our shared border.

It is important to emphasize that the travel restriction only applies to border crossings.

“Non-Essential” travel includes tourism and recreational travel such as gambling or attending cultural events. “Essential Travel” includes work, study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

Trade and business travel continues to be exempt so that workers and goods will continue to be able to cross our shared borders. Land borders are operating at reduced capacity and with limited hours.

Additionally, the State Department has indicated in its Travel Restriction Fact Sheet, updated July 17, 2020, that “This action does not apply to entry into the United States from Canada via air, rail, or sea travel at this time, but does apply to commuter rail and ferry travel.”

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Barbara Chin, Immigration Attorney, Mintz Levin
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Barbara has advised clients on corporate and business immigration matters for 30 years and has served as counsel for domestic and international Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

Before focusing on immigration law, Barbara served as assistant district attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

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