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United States Includes Canada on Its ‘Do Not Travel’ List

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"United States immigration has extended the 'Do Not Travel' list on April 20, 2021, by adding several countries to the list. These countries included Canada, Mexico, France, Israel, among others. This recent change comes in the wake of the spike in infections as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic takes effect in many countries around the world."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  May 28, 2021
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United States immigration has extended the “Do Not Travel” list on April 20, 2021, by adding several countries to the list. These countries included Canada, Mexico, France, Israel, among others. This recent change comes in the wake of the spike in infections as the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic takes effect in many countries around the world. Previously, there were only 34 countries out of around 200 on this list. However, due to an increase in Covid-19 infections, this list now includes around 150 countries at a Level Four of ‘Do Not Travel.’

The most shocking addition was Canada as many were expecting that border restrictions would be flexible given the high ongoing vaccine drives in both countries. In the US, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the list is being expanded based on the level of Covid-19 infections in those particular countries. 

While these travel recommendations are not necessarily mandatory, it will be harder for Americans to travel to many of the countries mentioned in the list due to their mandatory travel restrictions during this pandemic. These countries include Canada, China, and most countries in Europe among others. 

As a US citizen, it is your responsibility to decide if you want to visit these countries during this period. If the country allows you to visit, there is nothing stopping you from traveling to that country with proper authorizations. However, it is important to take the measure of the Covid-19 situation of the country. You can check the risk assessment of each country on the US State Department and CDC’s website. 

What Other Restrictions Are Imposed on Travel Between the US and Canada?

According to a CBC story on April 23rd, the provincial government of British Columbia is considering restricting nonessential travel between 3 regional zones. The governments of Ontario and Quebec have also written to Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, requesting even stricter measures at the Canada-US border. 

The province of British Columbia is also working with the police to ensure that the measures introduced are being implemented. This includes occasional roadside checks in and out of the specified areas including the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the northern and interior regions of the province. However, this does not mean that Canadian immigration is not up and running. Despite facing many challenges during last year, the Canadian immigration system has bounced back and is processing applications for certain temporary residence and permanent residence statuses.

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