USA will lift restrictions on its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, ending the historic restrictions on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement that the administration next month “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the United States. for non-essential purposes, including visiting friends and family or for tourism, through land and ferry crossings».
The new rules are similar, but not identical, to the requirements announced last month for international air travelers, US officials said in an earlier call with reporters.
Lawmakers from the US border states. praised the move to lift the unprecedented restrictions They hurt the economies of local communities and have prevented visits to friends and family for 19 months.
«Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardships of land border closures. That pain is about to end, ”Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
Visitors not vaccinated will continue to have No admittance to the United States from Canada or Mexico at land borders.
Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration emphasized that the White House will not lift the order of “Title 42” launched by the administration of former President Donald Trump that It has essentially cut off access to asylum for hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter from Mexico..
The precise date, at the beginning of November, in which both land and air restrictions will be lifted to be announced “very soon”said one of the officials.
Homeland Security said the administration was creating “consistent and strict protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States, whether by air, land or ferry.”
The August 9, Canada began allowing fully vaccinated American visitors for non-essential travel.
Once the US restrictions are lifted, non-essential foreign visitors crossing the US land borders, such as tourists, will be able to visit the country if they are vaccinated. At the beginning of January, The United States will require essential visitors, such as truck drivers or health workers, get vaccinated to cross land borders, officials said.
US lawmakers have been pushing the White House to lift restrictions prohibiting non-essential travel by Canadians across the northern US border since March 2020, and many border communities have been hit hard by the shutdown. . Mexico has also pressured the Biden administration to ease restrictions.
Sen. Maria Cantwell said the announcement “will provide great relief to those who hope to see their friends and loved ones from Canada.”
The White House announced on September 20 that the United States would lift the travel restrictions on air travelersfrom 33 countries, including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe, that are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. It also said it would expand the vaccine requirements to foreign air travelers from all other countries.
The Foreign visitors crossing into the United States by land or by ferry will need to be vaccinated, but they will not necessarily have to present proof of vaccination, unless they are referred by the US Customs and Border Patrol for secondary inspections.
Conversely, all non-US travelers by air will be required to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight, and they will have to show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test. Foreign visitors crossing a land border will not have to show a recent negative Covid-19 test.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that The United States would accept the use of Covid-19 vaccines by international visitors Authorized by US regulatory bodies or the World Health Organization.
An unanswered question is si The United States will accept vaccines from visitors who have received doses of two different Covid-19 vaccines.