Covid-19 Border Restrictions

Covid-19 Border Restrictions

Status: Completed — Research Project

The ongoing global pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has led to restricted border crossings and an altered Cascade Gateway. This section outlines available data on how the restrictions have impacted the region.

Impacts on Cross-Border Passenger Vehicle Travel

This visualization shows daily southbound passenger vehicle traffic volume at Peace Arch and Pacific Highway ports-of-entry in 2019 and 2020, illustrating the impact the closure has had on the border.

Comparison of Daily Cross-Border Traffic Volume, 2019 to 2021

Impacts on Cross-Border Commercial Traffic

2019/2020 vs. 2020/2021 Weekly Cross-Border Truck Volume (Northbound Pacific Highway)

This chart captures the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on freight volume at the border by comparing northbound commercial volumes at the Pacific Highway crossing in 2019 to 2020, with the first weeks of 2021 added.

Impacts on the Tourism Industry

COVID-19 and the US-Canada Border Report 3: Impacts on the Tourism Industry in Whatcom County

This report is one in a series of briefings on the economic impacts of Canadians and the border, aimed at improving knowledge about how the COVID-19 crisis will impact economic recovery in Whatcom County.

Published by: Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University