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International Travel Impacted Through Summer Months

International Travel Impacted Through Summer Months
Joe Cortez

Flyers dreaming of international destinations may not be able to fly abroad through this summer. The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed through the end of July, while travel bans on the United Kingdom could extend through the end of summer.

International travel may suffer throughout the summer, as doctors and politicians continue to close borders to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. While Canada is closing borders through the end of July, America may keep borders closed from Great Britain even longer.

Canada Border Remains Closed Through July 21, 2020

In a joint decision, authorities from both the United States and Canada decided to keep the border closed for all non-essential or “discretionary” travel through July 21, 2020. As reported by Canada’s CTV News, commerce and healthcare workers will be allowed to cross the border, but tourists and those not on official business will be refused entry.

“When it comes to the Canada-U.S. border, as the prime minister announced today, we have agreed with our American neighbors to roll over for another 30 days, the measures that we have currently in place,” said deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland, noting that the closure applies to “all of Canada’s borders.”

This latest closure marks the third extension of Canada’s closed borders with the United States, as Canada works to contain the outbreak. The latest data suggests Canada only has around 99,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 8,000 deaths. The latest numbers in the U.S. shows over 2.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, with over 110,000 deaths.

British Travel to the United States: “More Likely Months than Weeks”

In addition to the continued closure of America’s land borders, international travel to the U.S. may continue to be stifled due to border closures. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Dr. Anthony Fauci said lifting the restrictions could take place in “more likely months than weeks.”

In March 2020, a presidential proclamation closed borders to foreign nationals traveling into the U.S. from 28 European countries, China and Iran. With America continuing to struggle against containing the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Fauci notes that the U.S. may not have the capacity to properly track and trace international travelers who may be carrying the novel Coronavirus.

“The question is will they have the capability to do the appropriate and effective isolation, and contact tracing, to prevent this increase from becoming a full blown outbreak?” Dr. Fauci told The Telegraph. “I’m concerned it’s happening. I hope the individual states can blunt that…I would hope to get to some degree of real normality within a year or so. But I don’t think it’s this winter or fall, we’ll be seeing it for a bit more.”

Travel from the U.S. to the United Kingdom is also complicating. Starting June 8, the British government instituted a policy where all new arrivals to the nation must self-isolate for 14 days. Those who do not provide contact details or refuse to self-isolate could face around $1,250 in fines and refusal of entry into the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland or Scotland.

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11 Comments

  1. WilcoRoger

    June 17, 2020 at 1:42 am

    OMG – still confusing England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Once you write “United Kingdom” there is no need to list some of its constituent countries (especially with “or”)

    Also: the writer starts the article writing about domestic airlines, without saying which country’s domestic airlines he’s writing about. It may come as a surprise, but many FT readers don’t consider US based airlines domestic.

  2. edgewood49

    June 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Having canceled a long planned trip back to Italy in May I was hoping that maybe a quick trip over to London or Paris might be in order, however it appears as you post it appears Europe will be closed to Americans for the balance of summer and well into fall. Short term not happy but long term its for the best to get this virus under reasonable control, I say reasonable because until there is a proven vaccine and widely used, we won’t be traveling .

  3. BMGRAHAM

    June 18, 2020 at 4:44 am

    Great Britain does not include Northern Ireland but as first comment says, United Kingdom does.

    Also as far as I know flights to the USA from the UK are not canceled but getting in if you are not a US citizen is challenging.

  4. BMGRAHAM

    June 18, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Also I thought you could still fly between the US and Canada.

  5. BMGRAHAM

    June 18, 2020 at 4:50 am

    I’m sorry I just double checked and the restrictions apply to air travel too between U.S. and Canada.

  6. OZFLYER86

    June 18, 2020 at 4:58 am

    edgewood49 there may never be a vaccine, as with many viruses.

  7. john11111111111

    June 18, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I would like to go to the US or California or Texas.

  8. Dougg

    June 18, 2020 at 9:01 am

    I will not be flying Anywhere this summer.

  9. OZFLYER86

    June 18, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    seems many are talking about cases of corona, but the real issue is deaths. Don’t think 1 healthy person has died from corona (could be wrong). By healthy mean those with normal immune systems. Elderly don’t have normal immune systems, either do cancer patients etc. but none of them will be travelling anywhere, anytime soon.

  10. brenc3

    June 19, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Americans are in for a rude awakening as other countries start cautiously reopening their borders to other countries deemed “low risk” and that list often doesn’t include the US. Americans won’t be free to travel until we can show that we’ve handled the outbreak at least as well as most other countries. But we have neither a plan nor, increasingly, the will to do that.

  11. santarosaflyer

    June 25, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    There are a number of reported cases of ‘healthy’ people dying from this virus. We are still leaving which underlying cause are more likely to die from this virus. Some people are not even aware that they have underlying conditions such as diabetes.

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