After a year-and-a-half closure to non-essential travelers, the U.S. will open its land borders to vaccinated visitors.
For Vermont, this means Canadian tourists will once again be able to boost the state’s economy, visit second homes in the Green Mountain State, and reunite with family members in the U.S.
The northern land border will open to vaccinated Canadians in early November, around the same time that the U.S. has decided to lift similar restrictions on travelers to the U.S. from overseas. No exact date has yet been set for the reopening, according to reporting from USA Today.
The border reopening has been widely anticipated, especially after Canada began allowing vaccinated U.S. travelers across its land border in August. Canadians have been able to travel to the U.S. by airplane in the meantime, but air travel to Vermont from the nearest Canadian provinces has been seen as inconvenient and expensive to some people.
“Vermont and Canada are not just neighbors, our communities are linked by family, friends, social and cultural connections, natural resources, commerce and more,” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott wrote in a statement Wednesday. “Reopening the land border will allow our communities to reunite, after being separated for nearly two years.”
What does the border reopening mean for Vermonters?
Vermonters will likely see more Canadian license plates on cars driving through the state beginning in November. And, there will likely be more money flowing into Vermont’s economy.
According to research done by a team of U.S. and Canadian scholars — including a professor from St. Michael’s College, Jeffrey Ayres — many parts of Vermont’s economy took a hit during the closure. This included the ski industry. For example, Jay Peak — located right next to the border — saw a 30% decrease in the number of season passes sold in the winter of 2020.
“The goal was to highlight that closing the border isn’t just a mere inconvenience – it really hurt local economies on either side of the border, and it also disrupted families and relationships,” Ayres said in an August news release. “Our hope was that people would recognize what’s at stake for having the border open as soon as possible.”
What are the protocols for crossing the U.S.-Canada border?
When coming into the U.S. from Canada by land, there will be no testing requirements for both foreign travelers and U.S. citizens. However, the foreign travelers must be fully vaccinated.
Going into Canada from the U.S. still requires proof of vaccination and a negative test within 72 hours of travel for all travelers.
Foreign travelers coming into the U.S. will be able to show proof of vaccination in either paper or digital format, according to USA Today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to provide an update in the next few days on what that documentation could look like.
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