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    TORONTO: Canada lifted its ban on Americans crossing the border for shopping, vacationing or visiting on Monday, but the United States maintains similar restrictions for Canadians as part of an abnormal return to normalcy from Covid travel bans. 19.
    U.S. citizens and legal residents must be fully vaccinated and negative for Covid-19 within three days of crossing one of the world’s largest and busiest land borders. Travelers must also complete a detailed application in the arriCCAN application before passing.
    Although travelers must register, the Canadian Border Agency will not say how many people are waiting to enter Canada to open. But travelers should plan for the possibility of additional processing time at the border.
    “CBSA will not endanger the health and safety of Canadians for the sake of waiting time at the border,” said Rebecca Perdy, a spokeswoman for the agency.
    While the Canadian Border Agency will not say how many people are waiting, Garnet Health, a Vermont-based Essex-based company offering Covid-19 tests on the same day, has seen more than triple the number of tests performed in the last few days. The increase coincides with Canada’s decision last month to lift a two-week quarantine requirement for its citizens when they return home from the United States.
    “I imagine as soon as the borders open, we will see a lot of people,” said Chelsea Sweeney, the company’s director of business development.
    The US-Canada border has been closed for non-essential travel since March 2020 to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    The United States has said it will extend its closure to all Canadians making non-essential travel by Aug. 21, at least on the Mexican border. But the Biden government has begun making plans for a gradual reopening. The main requirement would be that almost all foreign visitors to the US should be vaccinated against coronavirus.
    But Canadians do not expect reciprocal rules.
    Joel Villanueva, owner of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock, British Columbia, about 2.5 miles (4 km) north of the U.S. border, is more than ready for the Americans to return.
    “Let’s move this thing forward,” he said. “Many of our customers are from the United States and we are literally minutes from the border. We welcome our Americans and depend on their hiking.”
    Vilanueva said she supports people who come fully vaccinated and does not believe there will be an American rush in the beginning. But if his restaurant and dozens of others along the waterfront could fill tables with American guests every day for the rest of the summer, it would be a big financial boost, he said.
    Near the border in Washington state, Blaine Carroll Solomon, a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, described the reopening as a step in the right direction for businesses. But he also said it was somewhat worrying because of the increase in Covid-19 cases nationwide as the highly contagious delta variant spreads.
    “For people who need to get there (to Canada) for family reasons, it’s great,” said Solomon, who is also a volunteer at the Blaine Visitor Information Center. With all the wreaths people have to go through — being fully vaccinated, getting tested for Covid-19, and uploading that information into one app — he does not think people will go to Canada for many day trips.
    “I have a lot of friends from Canada and I would love to go have lunch with someone, but you can’t do that. You have to plan days in advance to make sure you can do it,” Solomon said.
    It will be an event for the Blaine area when Canadians can land on a regular basis, he said.
    Regarding the return to the United States from Canada, US Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jason Givens said there was no requirement for a vaccination demonstration or a negative Covid-19 test.
    “CBP officers are processing key trips throughout the pandemic and remain ready and able to process U.S. citizens and returnees returning from Canada,” Givens said in an email.
    Steve Blake, who lives in Stansted, Quebec, just across the border from the Vermont Derby Line, hopes his siblings, who live in the United States, will be able to visit Canada soon to perform the memorial service. their mother who died in early 2020, shortly before the pandemic closed. But given the demands, he does not know how fast this will happen.
    “I would like it to be sooner rather than later,” he said.

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