The coordinated approach to border protocols that Biden suggests will make the eventual reopening of the border proceed more smoothly, said Craig W. Turner, president of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
“We’ve got two different sovereign nations that have chosen to handle things differently,” Turner said. “What President Biden said the other day is: ‘Let’s get both sides talking.’ “
Trudeau indicated, though, that he has no interest in expanding international travel from Canada at this time.
Saying he had discussions Thursday with Canada’s premiers about possibly implementing further travel restrictions, Trudeau added: “People should not be planning on nonessential travel or vacation travel outside of the country … We could be bringing in new measures that significantly impede your ability to return to Canada at any given moment.”
The U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico have been closed to nonessential travel since March 21 in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The closure has resulted in a ritual in which both the U.S. and Canada extend the closure for another month every month, with Canada often announcing the move before the Trump administration did. Last week, for example, Trudeau announced that the border closure will be extended through at least Feb. 21.
Over those months, Canada has developed a different set of rules than the United States has for who can cross the border. While both nations limit land border crossings to “essential travel,” Canada has looser rules than the U.S. does for family members who wish to reunite with their loved ones.