Despite strict travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19, more than 18,000 foreign nationals — most of them American citizens — have been turned back at the border after trying to enter Canada to shop, sightsee or visit people.
That pattern prompted the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to remind people about the ban on non-essential travel before the Labour Day weekend — traditionally a busy time for cross-border visits.
According to statistics from the CBSA, 18,431 people were denied entry to Canada between March 22 and Sept. 2 because their trips were deemed “discretionary.”
Of those, 16,070 were U.S citizens and 2,361 were citizens of other countries arriving from the U.S.
Another 448 travellers arriving in Canada by air directly from other foreign countries were refused entry.
The Canada-U.S. border is to remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21, under the terms of an agreement between the two countries.
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