Grandparents Await Hugs, Spouses Reunite As US Borders Open

An electronic board displays destinations in the U.S at the Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris, Monday, Nov.8, 2021. The U.S. lifted restrictions Monday on travel from a long list of countries including Mexico, Canada and most of Europe, allowing tourists to make long-delayed trips and family members to reconnect with loved ones after more than a year and a half apart because of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

(AP) — The U.S. has fully reopened its borders with Mexico and Canada and lifted restrictions on travel that covered most of Europe.

The new rules set the stage for emotional reunions nearly two years in the making and provided a boost for the travel industry decimated by the pandemic.

Lines moved quickly Monday morning at San Diego’s border with Mexico, the busiest crossing in the United States. That’s despite the added checks for vaccinations required to enter the country.

The new rules also allow air travel from a series of countries from which it has been restricted since the early days of the pandemic. Air travelers need proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.


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