SAN DIEGO -- Families and business owners who were hampered by a travel ban are celebrating the Biden administration's announcement that it will reopen U.S. borders next month.
Workers whose jobs are essential have been restricted from crossing land borders from Canada or Mexico. Starting in November, new rules will allow foreigners who have been fully vaccinated to enter the United States.
The coronavirus restrictions of 19 months had an economic, social, and cultural impact. They prevented cross-border shopping and family gatherings between relatives who live on opposite sides of the border.
Blanca Larson (executive director of the chamber and visitors bureau in Del Rio, Texas) said that Mexican tourists account for approximately 65% of retail sales in Del Rio. She said, "Along the Border, we're more like one community than two separate communities."
Since August, U.S. citizens who have been fully vaccinated and permanent residents of the United States have been permitted to enter Canada provided that they have waited at most two weeks after receiving their second dose of vaccine and can prove that they have had a negative COVID-19 test in the last two weeks. Mexico does not have any coronavirus entry requirements for land travelers.