Hoeven Statement on DHS Plans to Ease U.S.-Canada Border Restrictions in November

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced border restrictions on Canadians seeking to enter the U.S. through land and ferry ports of entry for non-essential reasons will be lifted in November for fully-vaccinated individuals:

“Today’s announcement to ease restrictions on non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada is long overdue. We’ve repeatedly made the case to the Biden administration to safely re-open the border, and this change in policy will be helpful in alleviating disruptions to border communities and our economy.”

Hoeven has been pressing the Biden administration to safely re-open the U.S.-Canada border as soon as possible, including in a Senate committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, aletter to President Biden and a bipartisan letter, led by Senator Amy Klobuchar, to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky.