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Border travel ban extended again until October 21

The closure that's been in place for 18 months now was set to expire September 21, but it has been extended until at least October 21.
Credit: AP
Vehicles cross the Peace Bridge into Canada Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Buffalo N.Y., The Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic in both directions "by mutual consent," President Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday, as efforts across the continent to contain the widening COVID-19 pandemic continued to upend daily life in North America. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's going to be at least another month before Canadians can cross the bridges here into the United States.

The closure that's been in place for 18 months now was set to expire September 21, but the Biden administration announced that it's been extended until at least October 21st.

US Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Chair of the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, and has been very vocal about the border re-opening, issued this statement.

“Continued closure of the U.S. border to vaccinated Canadians is completely unnecessary and unexplained. 

“It is welcome news that the White House is making progress on reciprocating international public health measures to protect air travelers. Yet it is inexplicable that no announcement on easing travel restrictions at land ports of entry is being made today since the livelihoods of communities across the Northern Border depend on cross-border commerce. 

“Canada’s unilateral action to allow Americans to cross the border beginning in August demonstrated what we already knew: vaccines were the turning point that make reopening the border possible. This was substantial progress in our fight to reconnect with our Canadian neighbors, but we need action on the U.S. side. Canada opened its land crossings successfully and the United States should be acting today to do the same.”

It's been more than a month since fully vaccinated Americans were allowed to cross over into Canada.