October 4, local time, venezuelan vice president rodriguez announced in a televised address that the government from the morning to fully reopen the land border with neighboring colombia, allowing new vaccination certificates to enter and leave the country, and the resumption of border trade and vehicle traffic. rodriguez also called on the colombian government to put aside the differences and contradictions between the two countries, fully consider the aspirations of the people on the border between the two countries, and respond positively.
in response, colombian president duque said thursday that his government welcomes and hopes to reopen its land border with venezuela as soon as possible, but that it needs to be evaluated before it can start the corresponding procedures.
in august 2015, president nicolas maduro announced the indefinite closure of the border as clashes between colombian anti-government militants and the venezuelan military escalated. in the years that followed, the land border was partially reopened and closed on several occasions owing to the instability of relations between the two countries, but vehicle traffic was never fully restored when it opened. it could be the first time in nearly six years that the two countries have allowed motor vehicles to enter and leave the country by land.