CANMORE, ALTA. — The United States land and sea border will reopen to non-essential travel in November after a record long closure due to concerns over COVID-19, Congress members say.
Some members say the Biden administration told them restrictions will end in early November.
“At long last, there is action by the United States to open the doors and welcome back our Canadian neighbours,” New York Congressman Brian Higgins wrote in a press release.
“For months now we’ve heard from businesses that are suffering and families distraught over the separation imposed by the continued border shutdown. The sign of relief coming from Northern Border communities following this announcement is so loud it can practically be heard on either end of the peace bridge.”
Higgins says border communities are awaiting further details with great expectation.
The restrictions on non-essential travel at the U.S. border have been in place since March 2020, when the novel coronavirus first began its worldwide spread.
It’s largely unknown why the U.S. has upheld its land border closure for so long – an issue hotly contested by both snowbirds and the travel industry. In contrast, fully vaccinated Americans have been able to enter Canada for non-essential reasons since Aug. 9.
Air travel to the U.S. has been allowed with certain conditions, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof that the traveller has recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days.