Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York says he has confirmation from the Department of Homeland Security that the U.S.-Canadian border will reopen to nonessential vaccinated travelers by early November.
Canada opened its border to vaccinated U.S. travelers in August, more than a year and a half after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its closure. Since then, lawmakers in many northern border states have lobbied the White House to take similar action.
U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the news on Twitter, saying more details are coming Wednesday.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul praised the announcement in a statement.
“From Western New York to the North Country, I look forward to welcoming our Canadian neighbors back to New York as we continue to rebuild and recover from this pandemic,” she said.