Senator Amy Klobuchar at a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday told Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that even though the border with Canada is re-opened, differences in each nation’s COVID testing requirements are causing problems. Klobuchar says both countries require vaccinations to cross the border, but Canadian visitors must have an expensive test when they return:
“That’s stopping a lot of the more weekend visitors that might come to Minnesota, the day visitors that drive to Duluth.”
“It’s not an American issue. It’s on the Canadian side, and I’ve spoken to the ambassador. But it is a problem for the cross-border traffic. We want parity.”
Mayorkus: “I will most certainly look at that, senator.”
Canadian health officials said last week they are evaluating the testing requirement.