U.S. reopens borders with Canada and Mexico

Alaska - Canada Border Opens
Alaska - Canada Border Opens(KTVF)
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 1:29 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Beginning Monday, November 8, the United States (U.S.) is reopening land borders with Canada and Mexico. Travel through Canada on the Alcan Alaska Highway will now be open to nonessential visitors.

Visitors along the Alaska Highway must still follow COVID-19 mitigation protocols, but are no longer subject to emergency standards in order to have their travel approved.

According to U.S. officials, travelers entering the U.S. by vehicle, rail and ferry will be asked about their vaccination status as part of the standard U.S customs and Border Protections admissions process. At officers’ discretion, travelers will have their proof of vaccination verified in a secondary screening process.

While travel had been open by air, land and boats for vaccinated and essential visitors, Monday will mark the first time visitors can drive into Canada from Alaska without rejection of entry because they did not meet specific emergency requirements. The border between Alaska and Canada has been closed since March 2020 because of COVID-19.

All travelers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveler regardless of citizenship. For more information about Canadian entry visit COVID-19 vaccinated travelers entering Canada.

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