What the US Extended Border Closure with Canada Means

The United States has extended its land border closure with Canada through August 21, 2021. This is despite Canada’s announcement to allow fully vaccinated US citizens/residents to enter Canada without quarantine, beginning August 9.

Under the extended closure, the US will continue to bar all non-essential traffic from Canada, including tourism or recreational travel. Only essential travel will be allowed, which includes trade and business travel. US citizens and residents are exempt and may return home.

The closure applies to the land border ports of entry, as well as all commuter rail and ferry travel. However, travelers from Canada may enter the US via air travel, rail or sea travel. All air passengers, including US citizens, arriving in the US must present a negative PCR or equivalent COVID-19 test result no older than three days, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19, to the airline before boarding their flight. Air passengers must also confirm that the information they present is true in a form of an attestation.

The border closure has been extended every month since it was first implemented in March 2020. Officials have indicated that it may be extended again. SCI members can check with SCI’s Hunter Information Service ( after August 15 for any updates or additional information.