Travel restrictions

Emmer and his GOP colleagues urge Biden to end travel restrictions for visiting Canadians

President Joe Biden should end all COVID-related travel restrictions for Canadians visiting the United States, U.S. Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) and other Republican members of the Minnesota delegation said.

“The ongoing restrictions at our Canadian border are not supported by science or necessary for public health. They should have ended a long time ago,” Rep. Emmer said in an Oct. 6 statement. “Every day these unnecessary restrictions remain in place, Minnesota suffers. We need to come to our senses and restore free movement across our northern border. »

Currently, travelers to Canada no longer need to provide proof of vaccination, undergo testing before or upon arrival, or self-quarantine if they are suspected of having come into contact with the COVID-19 virus. 19, according to the letter from members of Congress sent to the president. .

“Our government should follow suit,” they wrote. “The continued enforcement of unnecessary border restrictions is not just a blatant nuisance to travelers entering the United States; it will also have a heavy economic toll.

Rep. Emmer and his colleagues noted that Canada is Minnesota’s closest trading partner, with cross-border trade valued at $720 billion before the pandemic.

“For the northern communities we represent, the costs of border restrictions are also deeply personal,” the members wrote. “Canadians are our neighbours; they buy from local businesses and visit family in Minnesota. We see no reason why our friends across the northern border should be treated differently from us.

They also pointed out that the United States is the only country in North America that still has travel restrictions related to COVID-19 in place.

“This is inexcusable,” the members of Congress wrote. “As we move away from the pandemic, it is high time for the United States to join our northern partners in fully opening the border.”

U.S. Representatives Pete Stauber (R-MN), Brad Finstad (R-MN) and Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) joined Representative Emmer in signing the letter.