The United States will reopen the land border to vaccinated Canadians earlier next month, two American lawmakers said.
“At long last, there is action by the United States to open the doors and welcome back our Canadian neighbors,” Congressman Brian Higgins said in a statement published by WKBW.
“A robust cross-border exchange between the United States and Canada is fundamental to our binational relationship and mutually beneficial to our nations’ citizens, businesses and economies. Strong vaccination rates in Canada made the continued border shutdown absurd and unjustifiable,” Higgins added.
Meanwhile, Senator Charles Schumer, has said the border will reopen by early November. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end. Very soon, the link between New York and our northern neighbors will finally be re-established, reuniting families, bolstering businesses, and ending a frustrating cycle of waiting for everyone involved.”
Canada reopened its border to vaccinated Americans on August 9, 2021, nearly 16 months after the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel in March 2009.
With the existing order set to expire on October 21, 2021, the U.S. government has continued to keep its land ports of entry closed to incoming Canadians, according to a statement released by Higgins’ office.