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With Tears, Hugs and Balloons, U.S. Allows Vaccinated Foreign Travelers to Enter

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“There are so many things to remember and organize,” she mentioned as she sat on a bench within the departure terminal, refreshing her e-mail feed each couple of minutes as she waited for her unfavourable coronavirus take a look at consequence. “It’s very stressful, but I know it’s going to be worth it when I see my children and meet my grandchildren,” she mentioned, her eyes welling up with tears.

Reyna Martinez, from Ensenada, in Mexico, crossed the border from Tijuana into California together with her daughter for the primary time in two years. She mentioned she used to cross a minimum of 4 occasions a yr to see buddies or buy groceries. On Monday she was on her means to Long Beach, Calif., to go to a pal. “Who knows if they might close it again,” she mentioned, talking in Spanish. “I was worried if I didn’t go now, I might miss out. So here we are.

In Canada, Judy and Wayne Peters were packing up their cobalt gray BMW for their 1,520-mile journey south from Kelowna, British Columbia. They own a manufactured home in an upscale R.V. park in Yuma, a city halfway between Phoenix and San Diego.

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian “snowbirds,” usually retirees, flock to the United States every year to spend the winter.

Now that pandemic journey restrictions have been lifted, 1000’s are already on their means to Florida, Arizona and California, amongst different heat locations, with campers and boats in tow.

“It was a mild winter here, so that worked out in our favor,” mentioned Mr. Peters, 69. “But we are looking forward to being in a nice warm environment again, with our American friends.”

Miriam Jordan, Matt Stevens, Niraj Chokshi, Kevin Armstrong, Michael Paulson and Max Rivlin-Nadler contributed reporting.