U.S. land and sea borders re-open for non essential travel Monday morning

After more than a year-and-a-half of being closed, the United States has re-opened its land and sea borders to non essential travel.

That means Canadians are able to drive over the border or take a ferry for non essential reasons Monday, as long as they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The U.S. is accepting all vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and those given Emergency Use approval by the World Health Organization (WHO).

They will also accept mixed doses of approved vaccines from different manufacturers, as long as they were taken at least 17 days apart.

Children under 18-years-old will be exempt from the vaccination requirement, provided they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

A negative test will not be required to enter the United States.

However, Canada requires a negative(PCR) test within 72 hours of the border crossing to enter the country for all travelers five-years-old and up, that include Canadians returning home.

Rapid Antigen Tests will not be accepted.

Children who are under 12 and can not be vaccinated at this time will also be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival regardless of a test result.

Delays are also expected at border crossings as any traveler may be randomly selected for a COVID-19 test at the border.

Canada re-opened its land and sea borders to non essential travel in August.

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