Canadians Head to Arizona as Federal Government Welcomes International Travelers Again


After 20 months, the United States welcomes foreign visitors again, if they have been vaccinated.

Related: International travelers flock to United States on day one of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions

The United States fully reopened to many vaccinated international travelers on Monday, allowing families and friends to reunite for the first time since the coronavirus emerged and providing a boost to the travel industry decimated by the pandemic . The restrictions closed the United States to millions of people for 20 months.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents were still allowed to enter the United States, but travel bans immobilized tourists, thwarted business travelers, and often pushed families away. Travelers must have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.

Canadian travelers arrive in Phoenix

“It’s really exciting to be back here for sure,” said Mary Kramer.

COVID-19 restrictions have kept the Kramers, who live in Calgary, Canada, from their winter home in the valley for more than a year. They say they don’t care about the extra steps it takes to enter the United States

“Vaccination, COVID test, it’s actually easier to get here than to come back to Canada. We’re just grateful that we can do it now. We couldn’t do it a year ago,” Pat Kramer said. .

There has always been a special bond between Canadians and the Valley of the Sun. Stacy Mitchell arrived from Toronto. Mitchell’s trip to Phoenix is ​​his first trip outside of Canada since the pandemic.

“Is there a better place to play golf? Mitchell said.

The peaks of the mid-1980s welcomed Canadian visitors to the valley on November 8. It was the kind of warm welcome they were hoping for.

“Love it. It’s fantastic,” Mitchell said.

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