January 28, 2022

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Canada-US, the world’s longest land border reopened almost a year and a half later. But only half

Canada reopens land border with US for “non-essential travel”. The Ottawa government has announced this. From August 9, U.S. citizens and Canadians living in the United States will be able to enter without isolation if they have completed the 14-day vaccination cycle and have no Govt symptoms. The border between the two largest countries in North America, the longest 8900 kilometers on the planet, has been closed since mid-March 2020 since the first outbreak of foreign epidemics, and it remains unknown. For Canadians who want to reach the states, for how long.

However, from September 7, it will be reopened worldwide (apparently by air), always in accordance with the above conditions – completing the immunization cycle by the 14th, one of the vaccines approved by the Government of Health Canada, the same four approved. From the EU, and without symptoms. Meanwhile, from August 9, Halifax, Quebec, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton airports will reopen to international flights, which, since last February, have only been offered at Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and airports. Vancouver.

As mentioned, at present the re-opening of the land boundary is only in the south-north. When asked about this, White House spokeswoman Jen Zhaki explained that the United States is “constantly reviewing travel restrictions” and that “any decision on reopening will be made by our medical and public health experts.” However, in the wake of the closure, there has been some dissatisfaction with the Democratic Front as well. Deputy Dem Brian Higgins, who represents the Buffalo and Niagara Falls districts, believes the states have not recognized “the attention deserved to reopen the northern border.”

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In the North, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is strong in the number of people vaccinated: 80 percent of the population has already received the first dose, and 50 percent have completed their cycle, making Canada the best performing country. Between the G20. “Last weekend, we surpassed the United States in terms of total immunization population,” Trudeau said, adding that it was now possible to ease restrictions at the borders as the number and new Govt cases were steadily declining. “The first is to reopen only to the states – recognizing the one-size-fits-all relationship between the two countries and their respective communities,” he concluded.

Ottawa took the first step earlier this month to ease travel restrictions, allowing fully vaccinated Canadians or residents to return to Canada without being isolated. Medical and public health experts believed that the final relaxation of restrictions should not be carried out before the share of the population completing the cycle exceeds 75 percent. The government estimates that by the end of the month, 80 percent of the Candidates will have enough drugs to be vaccinated.

Closing the borders inevitably weighed on the economies of the two North American countries. The American Travel Association estimates that border closures cost more than € 1.6 billion each month. In 2019 there were 22 million international tourists in Canada, 15 million of whom came from the states.