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King Again Urges Biden To Open Northern Border To Vaccinated Canadians Traveling By Car

Casino Referendum Tribe
Robert F. Bukaty
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AP
FILE - In this May 30, 2006 file photo, motorists from St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, wait to go through US Customs at Calais, Maine, at the nation's seventh-busiest crossing on the Canadian border.

Senator Angus King is again urging President Joe Biden to re-open the U.S. border to fully vaccinated Canadians crossing by car, in light of a plan to allow travelers to arrive by air.

It's not yet clear when vaccinated Canadians will be able to cross the border into Maine by vehicle. Non-essential travel has been curtailed since March of 2020, with a border opening date pushed back to at least October 21.

This week, the Biden administration announced a plan to allow fully vaccinated people from foreign countries to arrive by air, starting in November.

In a letter Friday, King describes the logistical challenges, and economic difficulties posed for border businesses, if Canadians are also be required to fly in to the U.S., rather than motor a few miles across the border.

Vaccinated Americans have been able to travel to Canada by car since August.