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US Border Towns Hope for Spending Boost as Canadian, Mexican Residents Can Soon Enter U.S.

08:55  14 october  2021
08:55  14 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Border towns hope for a boost in revenue as the U . S . said it will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, allowing Canadian and Mexican residents to again visit the U . S ., the Associated Press reported. © Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images The U . S . will reopen land border ports in November for non-essential travelers after restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. Commuters queue to cross to the United States at the San Ysidro Crossing Port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico , on Oct. 13, 2021.

The Associated Press reported that border towns are expected to increase revenue as the US said it would reopen its land borders to non-essential travel next month, allowing Canadian and Mexican residents to travel to the US again. permission will be given. By mid-January, essential travelers such as truck drivers wishing to enter the US will also need to be fully vaccinated. Shopping malls and big box retailers in US border towns whose parking spaces were filled with cars with Mexican license plates were hit hard by the travel restrictions.

Border towns hope for a boost in revenue as the U.S. said it will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, allowing Canadian and Mexican residents to again visit the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

The U.S. will reopen land border ports in November for non-essential travelers after restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. Commuters queue to cross to the United States at the San Ysidro Crossing Port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on Oct. 13, 2021. © Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images The U.S. will reopen land border ports in November for non-essential travelers after restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020. Commuters queue to cross to the United States at the San Ysidro Crossing Port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on Oct. 13, 2021.

Travel across land borders has been largely restricted for 19 months, with allowances primarily made for workers whose jobs are deemed essential. Starting in early November, new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of reason, and a similar easing of COVID-19 restrictions is set for air travel.

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For the past 19 months, travel across land borders has been severely limited, with exceptions provided only for people whose employment are deemed important. Beginning in early November, new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the United States regardless of reason, and COVID-19 limitations for aviation travel will Travel restrictions wreaked havoc on shopping malls and large box retailers in U . S . border cities where parking places had been filled by cars with Mexican license plates. The economic impact, according to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, is difficult to measure, but it can be

Border towns hope for a boost in revenue as the U . S . said it will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, allowing Canadian and Mexican residents to again visit the U . S ., the Associated Press reported. Travel across land borders has been largely restricted for 19 months, with allowances Starting in early November, new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U . S . regardless of reason, and a similar easing of COVID-19 restrictions is set for air travel. Blanca Larson, executive director of the chamber of commerce and visitors bureau in Del Rio, Texas, said the

Blanca Larson, executive director of the chamber of commerce and visitors bureau in Del Rio, Texas, said the restrictions dealt a major blow to the retail industry. Mexican visitors account for about 65 percent of retail sales for the city of 35,000 people, she said.

"Along the border, we're like more of one community than two different communities," Larson said.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the U.S., such as truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated.

Shopping malls and big box retailers in U.S. border towns whose parking spaces had been filled by cars with Mexican license plates were hit hard by travel restrictions.

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Border towns hope for a boost in revenue as the U . S . said it will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, allowing Canadian and Mexican residents to again visit the U . S ., the Associated Press reported. Travel across land borders has been largely restricted for 19 months, with allowances Starting in early November, new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U . S . regardless of reason, and a similar easing of COVID-19 restrictions is set for air travel. Blanca Larson, executive director of the chamber of commerce and visitors bureau in Del Rio, Texas, said the

These borders should have been opened at the same time, and should have been opened months, months earlier than they actually were opened." The U . S . will not be requiring travellers to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19, unlike Canada , which includes a recent negative PCR test among the The Biden administration' s strategy is to dovetail the land border policy with its new international travel rules, which will also take effect in November and replace existing travel bans with a new requirement that all foreign nationals show proof of vaccination. As of early January, all foreign nationals entering

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria said the economic impact was hard to quantify but can be seen in the sparse presence of shoppers at a high-end outlet mall on the city's border with Tijuana, Mexico. The decision comes at a critical time ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The ban has also had enormous social and cultural impact, preventing family gatherings when relatives live on different sides of the border. Community events have stalled even as cities away from U.S. borders have inched toward normalcy.

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This decision has been coordinated with the Governments of Mexico and Canada . The following categories do not fall within the definition of “essential travel:” Individuals traveling for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events in the United States. Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Canada or Mexico in furtherance of such work).

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents have been allowed into Canada since August, provided they have waited at least two weeks since getting their second vaccine dose and can show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Mexico has not enforced COVID-19 entry procedures for land travelers.

The latest move follows last month's announcement that the U.S. will end country-based travel bans for air travel and instead require vaccination for foreign nationals seeking to enter by plane.

The new rules only apply to legal entry. Those who enter illegally will still be subject to expulsion under a public health authority that allows for the swift removal of migrants before they can seek asylum.

Travelers entering the U.S. by vehicle, rail and ferry will be asked about their vaccination status as part of the standard U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection. At officers' discretion, travelers will have their proof of vaccination verified in a secondary screening process.

Unlike air travel, for which proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required before boarding a flight to enter the U.S., no testing will be required to enter the U.S. by land or sea, provided the travelers meet the vaccination requirement.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. will accept travelers who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, not just those in use in the U.S. That means that the AstraZeneca vaccine, widely used in Canada, will be accepted.

Officials said the CDC was still working to formalize procedures for admitting those who received doses of two different vaccines, as was fairly common in Canada.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he was "pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner" and lauded the economic benefits of it.

Mexico, Canada and elected officials from U.S. border regions have pressured President Joe Biden's administration for months to ease restrictions.

"This is a win for families who've been separated and businesses and tourism industries whose operations have been blocked since the start of the pandemic," said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, echoing reactions of other federal, state and local officials.

Cross-border traffic has plummeted since the pandemic, according to U.S. Department of Transportation figures.

The number of vehicle passengers entering the U.S. in Niagara Falls, New York—the busiest land crossing on the Canadian border—fell 83 percent to 1.7 million in 2020 and has remained low this year.

U.S. Will Open Canadian Border to Fully-Vaccinated Travelers In November

  U.S. Will Open Canadian Border to Fully-Vaccinated Travelers In November "That pain is about to end. Very soon, the link between New York and our northern neighbors will finally be re-established," said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer.Senior members of Congress heard from the Biden administration on Tuesday that the 19-month shutdown prompted by the pandemic will soon be over. The closure significantly impacted American enterprises that relied on Canadian customers.

"Losing those customers over the last 18 months has been one of the primary reasons our hotels, restaurants and attractions have been suffering," said Patrick Kaler, president and chief executive of Visit Buffalo Niagara, the area's tourism agency.

The move toward restoring regular travel comes as COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have dropped to about 85,000 per day, the lowest level since July, following a spike from the more transmissible Delta variant of the virus. Per capita case rates in Canada and Mexico have been been markedly lower in the two countries than the U.S. for the duration of the pandemic, which amplified frustrations about the U.S. restrictions on travel.

The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Derby Line, Vt. Wilson Ring, File/AP Photo © Wilson Ring, File/AP Photo The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, truck traffic from Canada waits to cross the border into the United States in Derby Line, Vt. Wilson Ring, File/AP Photo

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