Land Border Crossing into U.S.
Posted date : May 12, 2021.
It was reported over a month ago that CSA is working on having the U.S. allow those of us who own or rent a home in the U.S. to enter as “essential travellers” via land border crossing. However, today’s notification of temporary travel restrictions up to November 21, 2020 published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) still does not include such travel in the definition of “essential travel.” This is a real concern for those of us who, for whatever reason, do not have the option of airline travel. I am sure that many of us who own our homes in the U.S. feel a real need to travel, even just to check up on our homes. It would be much appreciated to hear an update on CSA’s communications with DHS in this regard.
Milton Station, PE
Ed.: CSA has had many discussions with DHS and the INS in an attempt to get an exclusion to the no-travel ban for automobiles and RVs without any success. Their standard answer is “No, but we are reviewing it.” At the time of writing, the non-essential travel ban has been extended to December 21, 2020, and we believe that it will be extended again.
We understand that the Canadian Federal Government has appointed a “commission” to look into lifting the bans and that they will work with the U.S. Government on rules to allow the reopening of the border. The commission is led by Jean Charest and they should have a report by next March. This, to me, means that the border is shut to vehicle traffic until then.