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U.S.-Canada Border Remains Closed To Non-Essential Travel Through June 21

"Find out if you can travel to Canada - Foreign national without symptoms - U.S. entry - Optional"
A screengrab shows results from a questionnaire helping travelers determine if and how they can enter Canada, taken May 21, 2021.

The 5,500 mile border between the United States and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travel at least until June 21. The closure was set to expire Friday.

Public Safety Canada announced this latest extension on Twitter on Thursday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said transmission of the coronavirus in Canada remains too high to lift border restrictions yet.

“Cases need to be under control and over 75% of people need to be vaccinated for us to start loosening things in Canada,” Trudeau said during a media briefing.

According to the Canadian government, about 45% of Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The border between the U.S. and Canada has been closed to non-essential travel since March 21, 2020.