Canmore, Alta. – The United States’ land and sea borders will reopen to non-essential travel in November after a record-long closure due to concerns over COVID-19, members of Congress say.

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Some members say the Biden administration told them the ban would end in early November.

“Ultimately, action has been taken by the United States to open doors and welcome our Canadian neighbors,” New York Congressman Brian Higgins wrote in a press release.

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“For months we have heard from businesses that are suffering from the isolation imposed by continuous border closures and families are upset. The signal for relief from the northern frontier communities following this announcement is so loud that it can be heard practically on both ends of the Shanti Bridge. “

Higgins says frontline communities look forward to further details with great anticipation.

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The ban on non-essential travel across the US border has been in place since March 2020, when the novel coronavirus first began its worldwide spread.

It is largely unknown why the US has kept its land border closed for so long – an issue hotly contested by both snowbirds and the travel industry. In contrast, fully vaccinated Americans are able to enter Canada for non-urgent reasons starting August 9.

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