For the last few months officials from Congress, New York State, and Local governments in the United States have been pressuring the Canadian government to open our shared international border to non-essential travel, and it seems that the Canadian federal government has finally agreed to do that; but of course, there had to be a hiccup before it becomes official.

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The Canadian federal government has agreed to allow fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents of the US to travel into Canada for non-essential travel, things like leisure and tourism, beginning August 9, 2021. In order to qualify to travel into Canada, you need to meet the following guidelines:

  • Be an American Citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
  • Be fully vaccinated and provide proof via the ArriveCAN App
  • Provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your arrival

This is very good news, however, it appears the Biden Administration doesn't feel the same way because the US Border will remain closed to visitors until at least August 21, 2021.

Reopening the border for nonessential travel can be done safely. The time for stalling and silence is long past. The Biden Administration needs to act immediately and reopen this shared border
-Chris Jacobs, US Representative from New York-27 to Congress

I have been looking and I cannot find any reporting about why the federal government will not open the border sooner. This is troubling considering all the pressure we've put on Canada to open its border.

I can't defend the indefensible and this is just bad public policy.
-Brian Higgins, US Representative from New York-26 to Congress

I guess we're just going to have to wait and see what happens. I just know I cannot wait until I can run through the 6 with my woes.

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