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Discussion: Border opening (for canadians at least)

in: 2021 CNYO Rogaine (Jul 10 - Watkins Glen, NY, US)

Jun 22, 2021 12:28 PM # 
Jun 22, 2021 1:14 PM # 
I think this applies to Canadians traveling to US
Jun 23, 2021 8:38 PM # 
Canadians are still unable to drive to the US. However, it does change quarantine requirements for those flying to the US and back. It would enable fully vaccinated Canadians to attend the event that is now the US Nationals. However, it probably wouldn't help with the CNYO Rogaine, which otherwise could have atttracted Canadians driving from Ontario and Quebec.
Jun 23, 2021 10:45 PM # 
Race Across AMerica rider Leah Goldstein (CAN) had to fly herself and crew into the USA to participate in this year's race; they even had to have their support crew vehicles flown across the border!
The race is now ongoing, Leah has reached Indiana in a close second place overall, after leading the race thru much of the west.

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Jun 23, 2021 11:55 PM # 
Did they hire Bo and Luke Duke to fly the support vehicles?
Jun 24, 2021 11:41 AM # 
The Good Ole Boys Air Taxi!
It sounded pretty absurd to me too, but that’s what I was told by a race official who should be in the know. With her background, I would not be surprised if she had the connections to arrange some kind of military transport.
Jun 26, 2021 3:38 PM # 
@rlindzon - yeah, sorry....I have more hope for change than reading skills
Jul 19, 2021 6:21 PM # 
The Canadian government has just announced that the border (including the land border) will be completely open to Americans who are fully vaccinated and have a negative Covid test as of Aug. 9th (without a quarantine requirement). I'm not aware yet of a reopening for Canadians to drive to the US, but it presumably would happen no later than that date considering that the initiative to close the border and maintain the closure has come from Canada and there has been considerable bipartisan political pressure within the US (including from Chuck Schumer and other NY politicians) to reopen it.

Note that it can take quite a while to get through the airport following arrival. When my son flew back to Toronto yesterday, it took him two hours to exit the airport even though he has a Nexus card and he registered in advance for the compulsory additional Covid test on arrival.

Edit: The post-arrival Covid test will no longer be required effective Aug. 9th, unless randomly selected.

It wouldn't surprise me if the border remains closed for the long-term for any Americans and other foreigners who are not fully vaccinated and are not travelling on "essential business", possibly until Covid is effectively eradicated, if ever.

And as of last weekend, Canada had passed the US in per capita fully vaccinated numbers despite having a very limited vaccine supply in the initial months.

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