ON Monday, The United States is all set for reopening its land and air borders for only those foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Terminating 20 months of restrictions over travel from across the world that resulted in the separation of many families, put a crimp on tourism and distressed diplomatic affair.
Restrictions Were Imposed in Early 2020 by Former President Donald Trump
The limits, levied in early 2020 by precedent president Donald Trump and withheld by his replacement Joe Biden, have received intense criticism and become indicative of the troubles resulting due to the pandemic.
In an attempt to reduce the outbreak of the coronavirus, US borders were shut after March last year for travelers from most parts across the globe, along with the European Union, Britain, and China, India, and Brazil. Overland visitors from Canada and Mexico were also not allowed.
Alison Henry, 63, told AFP “It’s been so hard,” Adding further “I just want to see my son.”
On both sides of the Atlantic, Families are excited to meet again finally with their close ones.
Airlines Raised the Number of Transatlantic Flights
To tackle increasing demand, airlines have raised the number of transatlantic flights and intend to make use of larger planes as well, since they are serving their way out of the pandemic situation.
On Sunday, the officials in Mexican border cities cautioned that there would be long queues at crossings. The restarting also resulted in a shortfall of dollars in currency exchange centers in Ciudad Juarez.
In the United States’ northern neighbor, elderly people will be entitled to restart their yearly trips to Florida to avoid the harsh Canadian winters.
Ann Patchett, who is a citizen of Ontario, told the Ottawa Citizen it will result in the expense of $500 for her and her spouse to go south to meet the family.
Brian Higgins, New York congressman, whose district is very close to the Canadian border and comprises the US side of Niagara Falls, intends to hold a news conference on Monday together with mayors from both the nation to request Canada to abandon its requirement of testing.
Terminating the ban on traveling will be impacting over 30 countries, but access into the United States will not be completely ungoverned: US officials have decided to carefully review travelers’ vaccination status and will even seek them to show up with negative Covid-19 tests.
The opening of the land border will occur in two stages.
Fully Vaccinated Is Mandatory to Enter Along With Negative Covid-19 Tests Reports
A second phase, starting in early January, will seek all visitors to be compulsorily fully vaccinated to step into the United States by land, despite the reason for their visit.
Washington has not yet made any remarks on Europe’s current increase in the Covid-19 case.
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stated on Sunday in an interview that he’s “cautiously optimistic about where we are,” adding further: “We can’t take our foot off the accelerator until we’re at the finish line.”
An abiding Rolling Stones fan, Zours had to skip a St. Louis concert by the rock supergroup held in September as a result of Covid-19 restrictions only and was “frustrated” with the steady US resuming.
She stated, “I’ve got tickets for four (US) concerts.”