U.S. to reopen its land border to Canadians next month

Higgins, who represents a border district in Buffalo, said proof of vaccination would be required at the border. He added that more information would come from the Department of Homeland Security in coordination with U.S. health officials.

Late tuesday Higgins tweeted that “more details will come tomorrow.”

One unanswered question is the exact date in November that the US will ease restrictions on visitors from Canada.

Another concern among Canadians is whether the US will accept travelers who have been given doses of two different Covid vaccines, including an AstraZeneca vaccine that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Biden government has been under heavy pressure for months – from both sides of the border – to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers at land entry ports.

Canada began welcoming fully vaccinated US visitors on Aug. 9. More than 80 percent of Canadians 12 years and older are fully vaccinated, giving the country one of the highest rates in the world.

Canada has tightened its rules to further increase vaccination rates. Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled measures mandating Covid vaccines for Canada’s public servants, as well as workers and passengers in the state-regulated rail, shipping and aviation sectors.

The US border restrictions have been in effect since March 2020. But the unvaccinated Canadians have also been allowed to fly to the USA since the beginning of the pandemic.

Higgins told Buffalo News Tuesday that Jeff Zients, the White House’s Covid Response Coordinator, informed him of the reopening. The article says the restrictions will be lifted in early November.

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