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Border to reopen to vaccinated Canadians next month

By: - October 13, 2021 1:12 pm
A border patrol agent talks to a driver sitting in a gray pickup truck

Canadians make up nearly 80 percent of international visitors to New Hampshire. (Getty Images)

Vaccinated Canadian tourists will be able to travel across the land border with the United States starting in November, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday.

That’s good news for New Hampshire residents and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the closure that started in March 2020. And it follows calls from the New Hampshire congressional delegation that the Biden administration reopen the borders.

“For nearly two years, travel across our northern border has been restricted, but it has been clear for some time that these restrictions were no longer consistent with science or common sense,” Congressman Chris Pappas said in a written statement on Wednesday.

“I am grateful for this announcement and what it will mean for people and businesses on both sides of the border,” Pappas said.

Canadians make up nearly 80 percent of international visitors to New Hampshire, and some New Hampshire businesses have been feeling their absence. Those in the tourist industry across the state said the uncertainty about reopening has been challenging.  

Sen. Maggie Hassan called the decision to reopen “long overdue.”

Travel restrictions for the southern border with Mexico will also be lifted next month.

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.