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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Airport welcomes U.S. border changes

The United States recently announced it would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated travelers coming from Mexico and Canada for non-essential purposes. The change takes effect Nov. 8.

It was welcome news to Minot International Airport Director Jennifer Eckman.

“The good news is that we anticipate a lot more Canadian travelers coming to Minot and flying out of our facility,” Eckman said. “We’re excited about the opportunities this presents.”

Previously, Canadians taking essential trips could travel to the U.S. by air if they were vaccinated and had a negative COVID-19 test in Canada, but were not allowed to cross the border in vehicles. The change will help boost the economies of cities like Minot that have long been popular shopping destinations for Canadian residents.

 “A lot of people aren’t used to traveling anymore, and there are a lot of new protocols still in place,” Eckman said. “When we add an influx of passengers from Canada during the busiest time of the year, that could add to the challenges.”

The weeks around Thanksgiving represent the busiest time of the year for airports; lifting the travel restrictions in November will likely mean even more passengers moving through the nation’s airports.

 “We’re asking travelers to be patient with staff at our facility, everyone from the ticket agents to those working in the Transportation Security Administration to the crews on the plane,” Eckman added.

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