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The administration of Joe Biden to lift travel restrictions at land borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening America’s door to tourists and separated families during the pandemic.
Those who present proof of vaccination and looking to visit family or friends, or shop in the United States, will be able to enter next month, senior administration officials said.
The lifting of the 19-month ban on land borders will not only reconnect the United States with its neighbors, but it is one of the last steps to open the country’s borders to vaccinated travelers around the world.
After more than a year of “isolating” the country from international tourism, the administration has turned the country into a destination for the vaccinated, while making it clear that All foreigners who choose not to be vaccinated will face strict restrictions on entering the United States.
Unvaccinated travelers will continue to be prohibited from crossing the borders with Mexico or Canada.
In a statement, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, praised the Biden administration’s decision to reopen the borders of Canada and Mexico and welcoming those considered “non-essential travelers,” such as relatives seeking to visit family or those seeking to go shopping in the United States.
“Ultimately, the New York-Canada border will once again be open to vaccinated travelers from both nations,” said Ms Gillibrand.
He added that the loss of Canadian business cost the US economy $ 1.5 billion each month:
“This reopening will be good news for countless businesses, medical providers, families and loved ones who depend on travel across the northern border,” he concluded.
The travel restrictions, implemented in March 2020 when the coronavirus spread throughout the United States, have not applied to commercial traffic, nor to returning American citizens or students.
As vaccine distribution has increased across North America, political leaders representing communities along the United States borders have pleaded with the White House, for months, to lift restrictions to provide a I breathe business owners.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.