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RE: Land border closed to Canada

From KRGV News Oct 12, 2021. WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vehicle, rail and ferry travel between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the earliest days of the pandemic. The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel starting in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel into the country. By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the U.S., like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated. Senior administration officials previewed the new policy late Tuesday on the condition of anonymity to speak ahead of the formal announcement. Both Mexico and Canada have pressed the U.S. for months to ease restrictions on travel that have separated families and curtailed leisure trips since the onset of the pandemic. The latest move follows last month's announcement that the U.S. will end country-based travel bans for air travel, and instead require vaccination for foreign nationals seeking to enter by plane. Both policies will take effect in early November, the officials said. They did not specify a particular date. The new rules only apply to legal entry to the U.S. Officials cautioned that those seeking to enter illegally will still be subject to expulsion under so-called Title 42 authority, first invoked by former President Donald Trump, that has drawn criticism from immigration advocates for swiftly removing migrants before they can seek asylum. One of the officials said the U.S. was continuing the policy because cramped conditions in border patrol facilities pose a COVID-19 threat. According to the officials, travelers entering the U.S. by vehicle, rail and ferry will be asked about their vaccination status as part of the standard U.S. Customs and Border Protection admissions process. At officers' discretion, travelers will have their proof of vaccination verified in a secondary screening process. Unlike air travel, for which proof of a negative COVID-19 test is required before boarding a flight to enter the U.S., no testing will be required to enter the U.S. by land or sea, provided the travelers meet the vaccination requirement. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. will accept travelers who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization, not just those in use in the U.S. That means that the AstraZeneca vaccine, widely used in Canada, will be accepted. Officials said the CDC was still working to formalize procedures for admitting those who received doses of two different vaccines, as was fairly common in Canada. The delay in the vaccination requirement for essential cross-border travel is meant to provide truck drivers and others with additional time to get a shot and minimize potential economic disruption from the vaccination mandate, officials said. All told, the new procedures move toward a policy based on the risk profiles of individuals, rather than less targeted country-based bans. The vaccination requirement for foreign nationals comes as the White House has moved to impose sweeping vaccination-or-testing requirements affecting as many as 100 million people in the U.S. in an effort to encourage holdouts to get shots. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor completed the initial draft of an emergency regulation that will require employers of 100 workers or more to demand their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested weekly. The Office of Management and Budget is now reviewing the order before its implementation. Mexico has not put in place any COVID-19 entry procedures for travelers. Canada allows entry of fully-vaccinated individuals with proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as well as proof of a negative test conducted within 72 hours of entry to the country.
pawatt 10/12/21 10:06pm Snowbirds
RE: Land border closed to Canada

We open our land border to the U.S. to "non-essential" visitors so they can look after their owned property here in Canada but we can't do the same for our owned property we own in the U.S.,, sure we can fly over but we can't drive across in our RV's and other than protecting the airline industry I simply can't see how it's safer to stuff a couple of hundred people into a aluminum tube with a closed ventilation system opposed to me and my wife going through your border in our truck and driving down to Florida?? I actually sent an E-Mail to Biden reminding him on how we share the longest border in the world and we are the only people that go to the U.S. with money, health insurance and leave when we're supposed to not to mention that Canadians own over $15 billion worth of property in Florida alone and spend around $5 billion a year while we're there! I'm seriously considering selling my RV lot, let's see how long this post stays up,, Actually I agree with you and the post will stay up as long as the politics don't get out of hand.
pawatt 09/29/21 10:21pm Snowbirds
RE: Rio Grande Valley

For all of you that have your posts deleted please review the forum rules.
pawatt 08/02/21 02:41pm Snowbirds
RE: Rio Grande Valley

I believe it will be much better than last year but not back to normal.
pawatt 08/01/21 08:59pm Snowbirds
RE: Happy Birthday Canada

Yes, we definitely missed our Canadian friends.
pawatt 07/05/21 09:53am Snowbirds
RE: Winterizing & Summerizing for Snowbirds

Summerizing? It's 115 and 115+ outside this week in Arizona. It's hot enough that the label adhesive on the antiseptic bottle melts in the car and the label slips away. The roof shingles would probably slide off the roof if they weren't nailed on. I need to set and leave the air conditioning on in the house before leaving for the summer. I'm thinking 90-degrees. Any suggestions as to what to set the AC temp? we do 88 in south texas
pawatt 06/20/21 07:08pm Snowbirds
RE: Tracfone Top Up from Canada

No Politics or it goes away, Forum Rules.
pawatt 06/10/21 09:25pm Snowbirds
RE: DENTIST IN PROGRESSO

THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTIONS. IS IT ANYWHERE NEAR NORMAL TO WALK ACROSS AGAIN. Your bags going in will be scanned on the Mexico side, Costs $1.00 to go into Mexico and .30 cents to come out. The walking lines move pretty fast. They will do a facial recognition photo as you return to the United States. The Auto lines are usually backed up, sometimes for hours to get back. We crossed twice for dental work in the past 3 weeks. Stores, bars and restaurants are open. crowds are lite this time of year. Nearly 100% are wearing masks.
pawatt 05/07/21 09:47pm Snowbirds
RE: DENTIST IN PROGRESSO

Apple Dental, Dr Edwardo Flores, Nuevo Progreso Mexico. 956-246-4100. We have gone there for 15 years, Clean, Modern and English spoken. Walk across the bridge, It is on the main floor of the dental plaza, left or east side of main entrance road immediately after entering Mexico. Call the listed USA phone number for an appointment. We have at least a dozen friends that also go to him. Don't drive across unless you want a long wait to get back through customs.
pawatt 05/07/21 11:28am Snowbirds
RE: Any RV parks left in RGV?

Also could check out Mission West and Seven Oaks in the Mission Area.
pawatt 04/11/21 08:22pm Snowbirds
RE: Any RV parks left in RGV?

Retama Village, Bentsen Palm Village Resort, Green Gate Grove, Victoria Palms, Llano Grande, Chimney Park about 400 more but all may not be suitable for big rigs. Most parks will have also Park Models but a few RV only. Also check and ask at https://www.facebook.com/groups/wintertexansrgv. I suggest coming down rent a spot for a week or 2 and visit as many as possible until you find what you like. Many Parks have a discount for first time visitors, If not ask for a deal. Many may give you a deal. Let us know what you find. VERY FEW parks have converted to family parks, most are still 55+. Parks where you own your lot are often nicer with larger lots, You will often find lots for rent by owner. Visit and ask, most are by word of mouth or clubhouse post. This is our 18th season in the Valley.
pawatt 04/11/21 03:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Park Recommendations in the Rio Grande Valley

Bentsen Grove in Palmview
pawatt 02/13/21 07:22pm Snowbirds
RE: Having Fun in the Sun!

Time to pick on my friends in S TX... having to run the AC in the afternoons. Looking forward to the cold spell in a week.:B :B :B https://i.imgur.com/AuY3ZZil.png https://i.imgur.com/xyqrWfUl.png Well, you definitely will win for the next week, there's no denying that. starting today was only the fifth day I've worn long pants all winter but it looks like I'll add another five or six days.
pawatt 02/12/21 09:12pm Snowbirds
RE: Vaccinations

moved from snowbirds
pawatt 01/23/21 08:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Vaccinations

6500 vaccines given today in the McAllen TX area today but they ran out much before the demand.
pawatt 01/12/21 09:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: RGV

There are many flea markets and farmers markets throughout the valley. fruit and produce is almost giveaway cheap. A few less vendors this year due to covid.
pawatt 01/05/21 03:51pm Snowbirds
RE: RGV

Last year, there is a "newspaper" full of activities within the RGV rv parks. You are welcome to visit any of the events at any rv park. activities are much more limited this year and many parks are not open to outsiders due to covid. hopefully this changes back to the old norm soon.
pawatt 01/02/21 06:17pm Snowbirds
RE: RGV

you would likely want to allow more than one day there are approximately 400 RV parks and retirement communities in the valley. going from Brownsville and South Padre island all the way to Palmview and beyond.
pawatt 01/02/21 01:45pm Snowbirds
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

We are in an ownership park in South Texas, About 80% full, but we miss our Canadians. RV sites or permanent units? We have a mix of RV sites, park models, mobile homes, and even brick homes. The few vacancies are fairly equally distributed among these sites. Most recent years we have been close to 100% full. The park has been eerily quiet though. very few happy hours and if so they are small groups. nearly no activities and outside of the park visitors discouraged.
pawatt 12/19/20 07:52am Snowbirds
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

We are in an ownership park in South Texas, About 80% full, but we miss our Canadians.
pawatt 12/18/20 08:51pm Snowbirds
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