By Pat Grubb
The Northern Light 

Border announcement brings an early Christmas present


Last updated 3/16/2022 at 11:17am

Ruth Lauman, The Northern Light

US and Canada border at Blaine.

Following months and months of increasing pressure from federal, state and local politicians as well as business and civic groups, the Biden administration has announced the northern and southern U.S. borders will reopen to vaccinated, non-essential travelers early next month.

The measure includes ferry travel between the nations. Essentially, the move will harmonize air, land and sea travel between countries.

The announcement was made October 12 by Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, who said, "In alignment with the new international air travel system that will be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings," said Secretary Mayorkas.

"Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our broader economy. We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner," he concluded

Previously, air travelers from Canada were allowed to enter regardless of vaccination status. Once the new rules for air, land and sea travel are implemented in November, the border will be effectively closed to non-vaccinated travelers.

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