Valley Businesses Can Welcome Back Shoppers From Mexico Starting Monday

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Monday is the day businesses in the Rio Grande Valley, and all along the U.S. southern border, have been waiting for for more than a year-and-a-half.

Starting Monday, shoppers, tourists, and other travelers from south of the border deemed non-essential can again drive or walk across the border – if they have proof they are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

CBP officials maintain the agency is staffed up at all international bridges in anticipation of the likely big increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic. And officials say operating hours at the bridges will return to normal.

Travelers are being asked to be ready to show their vaccination card to help the lines move faster. CBP officials add any non-citizen who tried to enter without proof of vaccination will be subject to being immediately turned back.

Officials note that Title 42 remains in effect, meaning non-citizens can be denied entry because of public health reasons.

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