For the first time since the pandemic started, the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders will finally reopen to non-essential travel — but only to those vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the administration "will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings."
“Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our broader economy. We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner,” Mayorkas said in a statement.
"The relationship between Michigan and Canada is one built on trade, travel, and friendship," Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. "I am grateful to the government of Canada and our federal partners for coming together to reopen the Michigan-Canada border. I look forward to welcoming our neighbors as they cross the Ambassador Bridge or Detroit-Windsor Tunnel into Detroit, the Blue Water Bridge into Port Huron, or the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge into Sault Ste. Marie."
Canada began allowing vaccinated U.S. visitors for non-essential travel in August.
This story was originally published by CityBeat sister paper Detroit Metro Times.
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