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CANMORE, ALTA. – The United States land and sea border will reopen to non-essential travel in November after a long, record-breaking closure due to concerns about COVID-19.

The White House confirmed Tuesday evening that fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and Mexico will be welcomed at land border crossings next month; however, officials would not specify which vaccines would be accepted or whether mixed doses would meet eligibility tests.

CTV News asked White House officials if AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which has not been approved for use in the United States, will be accepted under travel eligibility guidelines and has been informed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was working on the guidelines, but has no definitive answers at this time.

The question of whether mixed doses would be accepted or not received the same answer.

Restrictions on non-essential travel to the U.S. border have been in place since March 2020, when the novel coronavirus began its global spread.

It is largely unknown why the United States has kept its land borders closed for so long – an issue hotly contested by both snowbirds and the travel industry. In contrast, fully vaccinated Americans can enter Canada for non-essential reasons since August 9.

“Finally, the United States is taking action to open the doors and welcome back our Canadian neighbors,” New York Congressman Brian Higgins wrote in a press release.

“For months we have been hearing from businesses suffering and families distraught by the separation imposed by continued border closures. The sign of relief coming from the northern border communities after this announcement is so strong that it can practically be heard at either end of the Peace Bridge.

Air travel to the United States is permitted under certain conditions, including proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof that the traveler has recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days .

In September, the United States announced that fully vaccinated foreign travelers would be allowed to enter the United States in early November; however, details of the plan have been scarce.

In order to change land border restrictions, the United States will need to make changes to Title 19, which it amended to force the border closed.

News of the border reopening will be welcomed by thousands of Canadian snowbirds fearing they will be forced to stay home for a second consecutive winter. A sunny destination isn’t the only thing at stake for travelers, many of whom own properties they were largely unable to access during the pandemic.

Travel insurance broker Martin Firestone previously told CTVNews.ca that senior travelers generally want a vehicle or recreational vehicle available to them in the United States, especially if they are traveling with pets, and prefer to avoid the hassle. air transport.

“Why two people from the same family park their car and cross the border south is not considered safer than entering an airport terminal with a thousand other people… is beyond any understanding, ”Firestone said.

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