Are Workers Allowed to Cross the US/Canada Border During Coronavirus?

By Casey April 6, 2020 1 min. read

Beginning on March 22, 2020 the United States and Canada decided to go through with their plan to close the US/Canada border to non-essential businesses in attempt to stop the Coronavirus outbreak.

The exception for traffic deemed “essential” as well as for trade transportation between the two countries announced appear to be an effort to keep at least part of the economic activity intact. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized “These supply chains ensure that food, fuel and lifesaving medicines reach people on both sides of the border,” noting that trucking would not be affected.

Guidelines for US Citizens Wanting to Go to Canada

Questions for Canadian Visa Holders Wanting to Enter the US

Q: Will travelers seeking to visit or care for family members in the U.S. be allowed to enter?
A: Yes

Q: Can someone with an E-1/E-2 visa still cross the border?
A: Yes

Q: Can someone with an TN visa still cross the border?
A: Yes

Q: Can someone with an L1 visa still cross the border?
A: Yes

Q: What about other work authorization?
A: Specific work situation details would be needed to answer this question.