Revealing the Biden administration’s plan to reopen the long-awaited entry for Canadians into the US, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the overland border crossings will open to our vaccinated neighbors in the north by early November.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, member[s] of our shared border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end,” Schumer said in a statement. “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.”
If implemented during the given timeframe, this would be the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 that the world’s longest land border opens to nonessential two-way travel traffic.
As it stands, the Canadian government opened its border to vaccinated American travelers on Aug. 9, but the Biden administration did not reciprocate. Currently, restrictions on non-essential travel from Canada are set to expire on Oct. 21.
Several lawmakers have questioned the Biden administration’s unwillingness to open the Canadian border despite Canada sporting one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. According to data from CTV News, more than 87.7 percent of its population aged 12 and older have received at least one vaccine shot and more than 82 percent of that group are considered fully vaccinated.