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At Last, US, Mexico Border Reopens After 20 Months Of Covid-19 Shutdown

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The border between the United States and Mexico reopened to non-essential travel on Monday, 8 November, after closure since March 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The ban, imposed by former President Donald Trump in early 2020 and upheld by his successor Joe Biden, has been widely criticized and become emblematic of the upheavals caused by the pandemic.

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, US borders were closed after March 2020 to travelers from large parts of the world, including the European Union, Britain, and China, India, and Brazil. Overland visitors from Mexico and Canada were also banned.

The months of restrictions affecting hundreds of millions of people helped fuel both personal and economic suffering brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Along the border with Mexico, many cities in the US states of Texas and California have faced economic struggles due to anti-Covid trade restrictions.

Either crossing at a land port of entry or by a ferry terminal, travelers are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 when crossing the border for non-essential travel. That applies if they are 18 or over.

Authorities in Mexican border cities have warned that there would be long lines at crossings. The reopening also caused a shortage of dollars in currency exchange centers in Ciudad Juarez.

Also, families on both sides of the Atlantic are eager to reunite with their loved ones.

To cope with surging demand, airlines have increased the number of transatlantic flights and plan to use larger planes, as they work their way out of the pandemic crisis, AFP reports.

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