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Ottawa, Jun 12 (Canadian-Media): Many Canadians are unaware of the fact that even if they are currently barred crossing the Canad-US border for driving to the United states for leisure travel can still fly to the country, media reports said.
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CBCNews said that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had told CBCNews that its travel restrictions apply only to Canadians trying to enter the U.S. at land border crossings, which includes travel by car, train, ferry and pleasure boats, said CBC news.
Canadian traveling by air can still enter the country subject to the condition that they haven't visited Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, the U.K. or 26 European countries in the Schengen Area 14 days prior to their flight.
It is also not required by Canadian travelers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.
Although it is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that international travelers should isolate, but it's not a requirement unless specified by a particular region or state. For example, Hawaii requires that air passengers self-isolate for 14 days.
But after Canadians returning home, they must self-isolate for 14 days — as per federal rules.
The U.S. air travel rule isn't widely known on either side of the border.
U.S. immigration lawyer Len Saunders said he only became aware of the details recently.
The permission to fly does not apply on the US side of the border.
Canada prohibits U.S. visitors from entering the country via all modes of transport — including by plane.
However, this week, travel restrictions were loosened by the Canadian government to allow U.S. citizens with immediate family in Canada to enter the country.
Canadians will still be able to fly to the U.S., unless the country revises its rules.
CBP didn't provide CBC News with an explanation. Instead, it sent a link to a Department of Homeland Security document that states that "non-essential travel between the United States and Canada poses additional risk of transmission and spread of COVID–19."
But the document doesn't state the reason why travel restrictions for Canadians only apply to land border crossings.