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COVID-19 test not required to cross the US land border

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TORONTO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday that a negative COVID-19 test would not be required to enter the country through its land border and ferry terminals, which are scheduled to open on November 8.

Upon arrival at a land border crossing or ferry terminal, non-U.S. Citizens will only need to show proof that they are fully immunized.

“We are pleased to take another step towards easing travel restrictions at our borders in a way that strengthens our economy and protects the health and safety of the American public,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro said. Mayorkas, in a statement.

Earlier this month, U.S. officials also confirmed that non-U.S. Citizens with mixed vaccine doses would also be accepted. Canada and some other countries have allowed viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca to be mixed with Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, unlike the United States.

Although a COVID-19 test is not required to enter the United States, travelers will still need to take a PCR test to re-enter Canada. These tests can cost up to $ 200.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, defended the testing requirement on Friday, citing uncertainty surrounding the Delta variant and lingering questions about how long vaccines remain effective.

The United States still requires a negative COVID-19 test for air travelers entering the country. However, travelers can opt for the much cheaper antigen test, which is not accepted for entry into Canada.

With files from The Canadian Press.

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