The wait at some checkpoints reaches seven hours, CBS Minnesota TV channel notes.
On the first day of its opening for Americans, the wait at several checkpoints across the US-Canada border reaches seven hours. This was reported on Monday by CBS Minnesota.
Earlier, the Canadian authorities announced that from August 9, the admission of US citizens to Canada would be resumed. To do this, they should undergo a full vaccination course (that is, a trip from the day when the second dose of vaccination was made should be separated by at least two weeks). Also, travelers need to pass a coronavirus test no earlier than 72 hours in advance. Previously, it was possible to cross the border only if absolutely necessary, but now ordinary tourists can also do it.
As a result, hundreds of cars lined up at the checkpoints, as evidenced by photos and videos on social networks. The most difficult situation is in Minnesota, where the waiting time reaches seven hours. According to the Bangor Daily News, the wait reaches three hours at checkpoints in New York and Maine.
On August 9, Canada opened the border only for Americans; citizens of other countries will be able to visit it from September 7, unless there is a new deterioration in the situation with the coronavirus due to the spread of the delta variant. The border is closed for Canadian citizens to travel to the United States until at least August 21.
The border service of Canada has so far refrained from estimating how many Americans have entered the country. Still, it emphasizes that all necessary measures are being taken to prevent infection with coronavirus at checkpoints.