Detroit-Windsor Tunnel reopens Monday to vaccinated foreign travelers

Whether to visit a popular shopping center, with the family or for sightseeing: From Monday, vaccinated foreign travelers on the border with Canada can travel again on both sides via the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.

The tunnel will reopen at midnight after it closed to the public on March 21, 2020 shortly after the pandemic began, and for the first time since then, vaccinated Canadians will be able to cross the U.S. border for non-essential purposes. The reopening includes land borders with Canada and Mexico, and means that the Michigan-Canada border will be open to those arriving by land or by ferry for non-essential travel to the United States.

Travelers crossing the U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico are required to provide proof of vaccination if requested by Customs and Border Protection officials. By January, all foreign nationals traveling across the land border to the United States must be fully vaccinated, both essential and non-essential.

The Canadian border opened for non-essential travel in August due to long entry requirements.

“It will be great to see our customers again and thank you for the patience we have shown as we continue to navigate this global pandemic together,” said Neal Belitsky, President of Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. “We are pleased to announce that we are reopening border traffic into the US through the tunnel to vaccinated non-essential travelers, and we will be working with our partners in the US and Canadian governments to ensure safe return to guarantee the service. “

The toll for the tunnel on the Detroit side will remain cashless, while the toll workers on the Canadian side of the border will accept cash until the end of the year. Then cash will no longer be accepted as a means of payment.

Few expect a rush of tourists immediately. Individuals entering Canada, including Canadians returning from even the shortest visits to the American side, must present the negative molecular test result of the coronavirus within 72 hours of arrival. Lawmakers, businesses, and residents say the costly requirement to have some tests cost $ 200 will deter day-trippers, shoppers, and families their economies have longed for.

On Monday, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and United States MP Brian Higgins, D-New York, are holding a virtual press conference on Monday to highlight COVID-19 testing requirements for returning via the land border crossing.

It’s about the mandatory PCR tests to return to Canada after a visit to the US.

“Our government must find a way to find symmetry and harmony with the US so that the rules are the same,” Dilkens said during a radio interview on October 28th. “If they don’t (stop the PCR test) then reopening the frontier won’t be reopening the frontier for most people.”

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Transit Windsor tunnel bus traffic is currently suspended. On Monday, for the first time in 19 months, fully vaccinated Canadians will be allowed to cross the U.S. land border for non-essential travel such as tourism or family visits.

Border health exams may be required by the federal government as well as guidelines from the Canadian government. Travelers are encouraged to check the US Department of Homeland Security’s website and the Canadian Health Department for more information.

Before the pandemic, the tunnel served 12,000 daily customers and 4 million annually. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is operated by Detroit-based American Roads under a lease with the City of Detroit that began in 1998 and will run until 2040.

Travelers can access real-time updates and traffic information online at www.dwtunnel.com and on Twitter @DetWinTunnel.

Vehicles are coming to the United States, while a bus to Canada went through the Detroit-Windsor tunnel last year.

John Roach, spokesman for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, said on Sunday, “The reopening of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel is another sign that our economy is returning to normal and giving workers and travelers another opportunity to meet our international border Cross Canada will continue to do everything possible to work safely in the COVID environment. “

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