“We continue to review our travel restrictions and any decision to reopen travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at the White House briefing. “We take this incredibly seriously, but we watch and are guided by our own medical experts. I wouldn’t look at it with reciprocal intent. “
Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended Covid-19’s restrictions on non-essential travel to land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until Wednesday. While the Canadians have announced that the Americans can return to Canada next month, it is unclear what the United States will do. It is unclear when to decide whether or not to extend the restrictions to the United States and Mexico.
The White House has come under pressure from foreign allies to resume international travel after upholding the bans initially put in place under former President Donald Trump. It was a topic of discussion last week between President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who questioned why the restrictions remained in place, and was also brought up during Biden’s trip to Europe for the summits of the G7 and NATO in June.
Representative Brian Higgins, a Democrat from New York who is co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, praised the Canadian government’s decision and criticized the US government for not making the same decision.
“It is extremely frustrating that the United States government has not reciprocated the current family exemptions already authorized by the Canadian government and has not shown a lack of urgency to make progress on this front. from the border to lifting the restrictions, ”Higgins said in a statement. declaration. “There are logistics to be worked out and questions to be answered certainly, but the United States has neglected to give the reopening of the northern border the attention it deserves, and there is no no excuse. This will only confuse travelers. We will continue to press for the US government to take action to welcome back our Canadian neighbors.
International travelers could also be allowed to enter Canada from September 7 on condition that “the epidemiology of COVID-19 remains favorable,” the Canadian government said in a statement.
All fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents must have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Canadian government at least 14 days before entering the country. Currently, these vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Travelers must provide proof that they have been vaccinated.
CNN’s Paula Newton contributed to this report.