- The US announced that it will open its land borders in November and will require vaccination.
- “We will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes,” said the secretary of state.
- The Department of Homeland Security announced that the measures will also apply to maritime ferry entries.
The United States announced that it will reopen its land borders to non-essential travel next month, ending a 19-month shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country takes steps to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Travel by car, train, or ferry between the United States and its neighbors Mexico and Canada has been restricted to essential transfers, such as commercial activities, since the early days of the pandemic, The Associated Press reported.
The US opens its borders in November
The new rules, to be announced on Wednesday, will allow foreigners with a full vaccination scheme to enter the United States regardless of the reason for the trip starting in early November, when a similar measure is implemented for arrivals by air to the country.
By mid-January, even travelers in essential activities, such as truck drivers, who intend to enter the United States, will have to be fully vaccinated. High officials The government officials gave a preview of the new measure on Tuesday on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the issue before the formal announcement.
Mexico pushes to ease restrictions
Both Mexico and Canada have for months pressured the United States to ease travel restrictions that have separated families and limited leisure travel since the beginning of the pandemic.
The latest move comes weeks after the announcement that the United States will end restrictions on air travel from some countries, and will instead require proof of vaccination for foreigners attempting to arrive by plane. Filed Under: US Opens Borders.
Fully vaccinated travelers
“In keeping with the new international air transportation system to be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, such as visiting friends. and family members or for tourism, through land border crossings and by ferry ”, said the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas,
“Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our overall economy. We are pleased to take steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner, ”Mayorkas said. Filed Under: US Opens Borders.
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