One Year After Closing, US-Canada Border Remains Closed - Voice of America

by voanews 03/02/2021

March 21st will mark a full year that the Canada-U. S. border has been closed to all but essential traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Canada-U.S. border is the largest undefended boundary in the world at 8,891 kilometers. There are 117 legal points of entry that have been closed to tourist and personal, or “nonessential" travel, for almost a year, resulting in an 80% drop in border traffic.  For generations, travelers from both countries have easily crossed the border for vacations, shopping trips and other excursions. That all stopped last March with the spread of the coronavirus.


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