The U.S. border to Canada could reopen on June 22: reports

The Canada U.S. border has been shut down for more than a year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but according to a well-known immigration lawyer, that might be about to change.

Len Saunders, based in Blaine, Wash., said high-level meetings were held in Washington D.C. on Tuesday and officials from the Peace Arch port of entry were involved.

“And what I was told is that instructions came out of headquarters that the border will be fully reopening, the U.S. border on June 22, in just over three weeks,” Saunders told Global News on Wednesday.

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This would apply to just the U.S. side of the border, not the Canadian side.

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Global News has reached out to both U.S. and Canadian border officials.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said previously he will not reopen the border until Canada’s population is at least 75 per cent vaccinated.

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Political pressure to reopen Canada-U.S. border during pandemic

Political pressure to reopen Canada-U.S. border during pandemic

Right now, about half of the Canadian population has received at least one dose of a vaccine with 20,328,984 doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccines having now been administered.

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Even if the U.S. border is opened on June 22, anyone travelling to Canada or back to Canada would still have to quarantine.

“It’s not going to have your average traveller coming over the border, the day-trippers,” Saunders said, “but I think what it’s going to do is put a lot of pressure on the Canadian government to come up with a plan to open up, at least partially, the Canadian border. Especially when you have the Americans making this decision to open up the border themselves with no restrictions.”

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The joint restrictions have been in place since March 2020 and were mutually agreed upon by both countries. The ban has been rolled over several times since.

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However, the border remains open for essential travel throughout the COVID pandemic in a bid to avoid disrupting the flow of food, medical supplies and other crucial goods between the two countries.

“Who knows what’s going to happen but at least one side is going to fully reopen so it’s a step in the right direction,” Saunders added.

Trudeau announced last week that the Canadian border will remain closed until June 21.

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