US Reopens Borders With Canada After 20 Months of Closure


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Fully vaccinated Canadians were once again paying long-awaited visits to loved ones, vacation properties, and tourist destinations in the United States on Monday as southbound travel restrictions finally began to ease along the world’s longest unmilitarized land border.

Shortly after midnight, Customs and Border Protection agents began letting fully vaccinated vacationers, visitors, and day-trippers drive into the U.S. for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Travellers entering by land won’t have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, but they should be prepared to attest to their vaccination status and present their vaccination documentation upon request.

According to the Canadian government, the only test results that are accepted are molecular tests that often take more than one day to come in. Those traveling for trips less than 72 hours can get a test in Canada before leaving that will be good upon their return, according to the Canadian government.

In addition to land borders reopening, ferry services can resume between the two countries. For the first time since March 2020, the Black Ball Ferry will sail between Port Angeles, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Canada reopened its land border to fully vaccinated Americans on Aug. 9, 2021, while the U.S. remained silent on its border plans. That sparked anger and frustration among Canadians eager to drive to the U.S.

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