THE BAJA POST
The travel restrictions in the USA borders with Mexico and Canada will be lifted after more than 18 months closed due to the world pandemics, so fully vaccinated travelers, tourists and families will be allowed to cross to the United States, this means a great relief for American businesses all along the border with Mexico, since cities such as Calexico (right across from Mexicali) depend mostly on Mexicans to yield profits and create jobs.
The Biden administration will lift the travel restrictions at the land borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November, those who provide proof of vaccination and are looking to visit families or friends or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter next month, senior administration officials said, just weeks after President Biden lifted a similar sweeping ban on foreigners looking to travel to the country from overseas.
The lifting of the 19-month ban at the land borders will not only reconnect the United States to its neighbors, but is one of the last steps to opening the country’s borders to vaccinated travelers throughout the world. After more than a year of cutting off the country from international tourism, the administration has now turned the country into a welcome destination for the vaccinated — while making clear that all foreigners who choose to not get a shot will face stringent restrictions to enter the United States.
In a statement on Tuesday night, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, commended the Biden administration’s decision to reopen the Canadian and Mexican borders and welcome back those deemed “nonessential travelers,” such as relatives looking to visit family or those looking to shop in the United States.
“Finally, the New York-Canadian border will be open again to vaccinated travelers from both nations,” said Ms. Gillibrand, adding that the loss of Canadian business cost the U.S. economy $1.5 billion each month. “This reopening will be welcome news to countless businesses, medical providers, families, and loved ones that depend on travel across the northern border.”
The travel restrictions, implemented in March 2020 as coronavirus spread throughout the United States, have not applied to commercial traffic, returning U.S. citizens or students. However, as vaccine distributions have increased throughout North America, political leaders representing communities along the U.S. borders have pleaded with the White House for months to lift the restrictions to provide a reprieve for business owners.