U.S.-Canada Border’s Full Opening in November Spurs Travel Plans

Upon learning the U.S. intends to reopen land border crossings in early November to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico, Emily Pearce started planning a visit to the nearest Target store, located in upstate New York, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Ottawa resident said for months she has been eyeing a pair of wicker nightstands that the retailer sells. Target doesn’t ship to Canada, and she can’t find anything comparable in Canada at the same price point. Shopping trips, family reunions and vacations are back on the agenda for Canadians like Ms. Pearce now that the U.S. will allow nonessential trips by fully vaccinated travelers at crossing points along the 5,500-mile border. Local U.S. business groups believe lifting the travel restrictions will ease some of the financial burden the pandemic has imposed. The U.S. has permitted Canadian tourists to enter the country by air, as long as they have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken during the three days before their travel. Canadians haven’t been allowed to cross the land border for nonessential purposes. Canadian data from 2019, before the pandemic, indicate roughly three-quarters of Canadian visits to the U.S., or 32 million trips, were by car. Read more. (Subscription required.)