The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been stopping some travellers from attempting to cross the Canada-US border.\nTravel restrictions between the two countries have been in place since March, a move intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19.\nHowever, in a statement to Narcity, the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) confirmed that thousands of Americans and other foreign nationals have still attempted to cross the border into Canada.\nThis includes people who were attempting to visit for non-essential purposes such as shopping, tourism, sightseeing and for recreational activities.\nOn October 19, restrictions between the two countries were extended until at least November 21. \nOn the same day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the COVID-19 situation in America "continues to be of concern" and made it clear that travel would not resume until it stabilizes.\nEditor's Choice: Canadians Apparently Want To Spend Less Money & Stay Home This Holiday Season\n\n View this post on Instagram The Canada Border Services Agency ( #CBSA ) provides clearance, control and examination services, on behalf of other government departments and agencies, for travellers, importers and exporters, at close to 1,200 points of entry (POE), including land border offices, international mail processing centres, airports, sufferance warehouses, and a number of other service locations. A post shared by Canada Border Services Agency (@canborder) on Feb 25, 2020 at 1:01pm PST\n\nHow many travellers were stopped?\nThe CBSA told Narcity that a total of 24,556 foreign nationals were denied entry into Canada from the U.S. between March 22 and October 18, 2020.\nOf these, 21,356 people were citizens of America and 3,200 were citizens of other countries who were arriving from the United States.\nAll of these travellers were turned away by border service officers because their reason for travel was deemed to be non-essential.\nVisitors were stopped at airports, land crossings, boat ports and more.\n\n View this post on Instagram On August 9, 2020, our officers at the Emerson, Manitoba port of entry intercepted an individual who was wanted in the United States in connection to a @minneapolis_police_department homicide investigation. #CBSA officers arrested the individual and returned them to the United States into the custody of @cbpgov #ProtectingCanadians A post shared by Canada Border Services Agency (@canborder) on Aug 12, 2020 at 1:41pm PDT\n\nWhy were they trying to enter Canada?\nThe reason thousands of people were refused entry into Canada was because they failed to prove their reason for travel was essential.\nWhile there are a couple of exceptions, the border is only open to those crossing for requisite purposes.\nPer the CBSA, 6,398 U.S. citizens were trying to enter Canada for tourism purposes.\nAnother 2,369 Americans were stopped for trying to take recreational trips, while 1,069 attempted to cross the border for “non-essential shopping.”\nSimilarly, 1,110 foreign nationals trying to cross from the U.S. into Canada were stopped after they were found to be travelling for vacations or sightseeing. \n\n View this post on Instagram The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that it has laid eight charges against Carlito (Carl) Benito and Charles Jefferson Benito pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and to the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC). As a result of a CBSA criminal investigation, Mr. Carlito Benito and Mr. Charles Benito were found allegedly employing unauthorized foreign nationals at Triple Maple Leaf Canada Corporation, Helping Migrants Canadian Immigration Corporation and World Immigration Group Corporation, from November 2015 to October 2016. As licensed immigration consultants, Mr. Carlito Benito and Mr. Charles Benito counselled Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada to apply for student permits, despite having no intention of going to school, in order to extend their status and allow them (and their spouses) to work in Canada. The Benitos and their associates facilitated short-term cash loans up to $17,000 for individuals to meet the financial requirement of the study permit application. The alleged offences occurred between November 2015 and June 2018. The Benitos’ first court appearance is set for September 5, 2019, in Edmonton Provincial Court. A post shared by Canada Border Services Agency (@canborder) on Sep 3, 2019 at 9:06am PDT\n\nWhat about other countries? \nThe majority of foreign nationals that have tried to enter the country since the pandemic began have done so via the Canada-U.S. border.\nThat said, they weren't the only ones attempting to enter for non-essential purposes.\n554 travellers from foreign countries attempted to enter Canada between March 22 and October 18, according to the CBSA.\nThey were all refused entry after failing to prove to border officials that their international trips were essential.\n\n\n\n*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.