It’s likely to be a busy day at many Canada-U-S land border crossings.

The Americans reopened their land borders to non-essential travel today for the first time in almost 20 months. Shortly after midnight fully vaccinated vacationers, visitors and day-trippers were cleared to drive into the United States for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Still, not everyone is taking advantage, with many Canadians reluctant to cough up the cash for a costly COVID-19 test in order to return home.

Roger Dow, president of the U-S Travel Association, says after almost two years of restrictions, today begins in earnest the return
of international travel.

The association figures the pandemic has cost the U-S some 300-billion dollars in foregone export income and more than a million jobs

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