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With Tears, Hugs and Balloons, US Allows Vaccinated Foreign Travelers to Enter

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“There are so many things to remember and organize,” she stated as she sat on a bench within the departure terminal, refreshing her electronic mail feed each jiffy as she waited for her damaging coronavirus check 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 stated, her eyes welling up with tears.

Reyna Martinez, from Ensenada, in Mexico, crossed the border from Tijuana into California along with her daughter for the primary time in two years. She stated she used to cross no less than 4 instances a yr to see associates or buy groceries. On Monday she was on her means to Long Beach, Calif., to go to a buddy. “Who knows if they might close it again,” she stated, 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,” sometimes retirees, flock to the United States annually to spend the winter.

Now that pandemic journey restrictions have been lifted, hundreds 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,” stated 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.