Minor travel restrictions from Canada and Mexico do not apply to air, rail, or ocean freight, and land travel is still allowed for many reasons, including business, medical, and educational purposes. All international air travelers to the USA must present a negative coronavirus test within three days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within 90 days.
Canada made the decision to reopen its border based on its vaccination progress – more than three quarters of the country have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to government reports, a far higher percentage than the United States, where just over 56 percent of the population has received it received at least one dose from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Residents within the United States and throughout the country Borders have pushed for reopening, and more than 2,800 people have joined a private Facebook group created by. was organized Let’s reunite, an advocacy group.
One of the members of the group is Heather Kienle, a US citizen who lives in Montreal. Crossing the border is not a problem for Ms. Kienle, but her husband, a Canadian, cannot.
Ms. Kienle, who is six months pregnant, often drives alone or with her 4-year-old daughter for more than eight hours to West Babylon, N.Y., to care for her mother who has endometrial cancer.
“It was just very stressful because I had to travel alone, without my husband, and I had to take care of my daughter in the back seat,” said Ms. Kienle on Wednesday.
US politicians from both parties have also spoken out against the restrictions.
Brian Higgins, a congressman representing a borough in west New York that borders Canada, said: in a statement on Wednesday that “today’s decision by the Biden administration is damaging economic recovery and hurting families across America’s northern border; that is completely unnecessary. “