For the first time in 16 months, U.S. visitors could drive into Canada to shop or visit on Monday (August 9), after Canada reopened its border, lifting its COVID-19 travel ban to fully vaccinated U.S. visitors entering for nonessential travel.
Lines of vehicles waited to drive through the New York and Washington state borders.
The move comes days after the Canadian government and border staff reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, bringing a swift end to a strike action that began and ended on Friday (August 6).
The U.S. maintains border restrictions on both its Canadian and Mexican borders for nonessential travel and has said it will extend those closures until at least August 21st.
(Production: Arlene Eiras)