Canada Closed Border To Non-Essential Traffic But Americans Are Sneaking Across
Americans have been finding crafty ways to enter Canada for leisure trips, much to the dismay of Canadians, according to NPR.
- The border between the U.S. and Canada closed to non-essential traffic in March to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, a number of Americans have entered the country by telling border patrol agents that they are on their way to Alaska, in what is known as the “Alaska loophole.”
- As a result, Canada has announced that it will be cracking down on Americans who enter the country for nonessential purposes.
- A number of foreigners, mainly Americans, have entered Canadian waters by boat, usually sailboats and luxury yachts. Many Canadians have expressed concern about these boaters. George Creek, president of BC Marine Parks Forever, said:
"A number of us that are retired boaters and still members of the Council of BC Yacht Clubs started looking at the number of American boats that were crossing our border, in spite of the prohibition by the federal government."
- NPR reported that “Under international maritime law, every passenger boat must be equipped with an automatic identification system that is to remain on at all times, which “allows for tracking boats in real time and helps prevent collisions in fog and bad weather.”
- However, “Americans have figured out that they are being tracked through their transponders.”
"They're turning them off as they cross the border," says Creek. "We see them on the computer, and at a particular point a few minutes later, they're not there anymore."
- Canadians are angered by the unlawful border crossing because of the public safety concerns. In a recent poll, it was found that roughly 80 percent of Canadians want the border to remain closed to nonessential traffic.