The White House did not want to reopen its northern border with Canadians on Monday, after the Canadian government said vaccinated U.S. citizens could enter on August 9.
“We are continuing to review our travel restrictions and any decisions on reopening travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during the White House briefing. “We take it incredibly seriously, but we watch and are guided by our own medical experts. I would not look at it through a reciprocal intention.”
Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential voyages at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico until Wednesday. Although the Canadians have announced that Americans can re-enter Canada next month, it is unclear what the US will do. The timing of the decision to extend the restrictions to the US and Mexico is not clear.
The White House has been under pressure from foreign allies to resume international travel after holding bans initially imposed on former President Donald Trump. This was a topic of discussion last week between President Joe Biden and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who questioned why the restrictions remain in force, and were also raised during Biden’s trip to Europe for the G7 and NATO summit. in June.
The US has set up working groups with allies in the UK and the European Union to reopen travel, but the results of the discussions were not yet clear. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department have advised Americans not to travel to the United Kingdom on Monday after lifting all Covid-19 restrictions altogether.
From August 9, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently living in the United States will be allowed to enter Canada, the Canadian government announced Monday. Non-essential travel to Canada has been banned since March 2020, something the Canadian government said was necessary to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Rep. Brian Higgins, a New York Democrat who co-chairs the Northern Border Caucus, praised the Canadian government’s decision and complained to the U.S. government for not making the same decision.
“It is extremely frustrating that the United States Government is unable to repay the current family exemptions already granted by the Canadian Government, and does not show a lack of urgency to make any progress on this side of the border to impose restrictions on to charge, “Higgins said in a statement. “There is logistics that need to be worked out and questions that definitely need to be answered, but the US has failed to give the reopening of the Northern Border the serious attention it deserves, and there is no excuse. The failure to make this announcement in “A two-center coordinating manner will only lead to confusion among travelers. We will continue to take action for the US government’s action to welcome back our Canadian neighbors.”
International travelers could also be allowed to enter Canada from September 7, provided the “COVID-19 epidemiology remains favorable,” the Canadian government said in a statement.
All U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated must have received the full range of vaccinations – or a combination of vaccines – accepted by the Canadian government at least 14 days before entering the country. The vaccines are currently manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Travelers must provide proof that they have been vaccinated.
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