On Monday, the U.S./Canada border reopened to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated Americans who wish to travel into Canada.
Village of Coutts Mayor, Jim Willett, says the village is happy to start getting traffic passing through, but is disappointed that the U.S. customs remain closed to Canadians.
To be eligible, travellers must live in the U.S., have had their last dose of the vaccine 14 days before and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test that’s no more than 72 hours old. They are also required to use the ArriveCAN app or online web portal to upload their vaccination details.
Mayor Willett says although traffic to the states remains closed, he’s looking on the bright side of having it partially reopened.
The reopening now includes non-essential travel, and Mayor Willett says with tourists crossing the border, he’s anticipating to see an increase in travellers.
The border remains closed to Canadians until at least Aug. 21.