The Biden administration to allow travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated to enter the United States for non-essential purposes.
The United States will lift restrictions on its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, ending historic restrictions on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to deal with the COVID pandemic. 19.
US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement that next month the administration “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, via land and sea border crossings ”.
The new rules are similar but not identical to planned needs announced last month for international air travelers, US officials said on an earlier call with reporters.
Lawmakers in U.S. border states hailed the move to lift unprecedented restrictions, which had hurt the economies of local communities and prevented families and friends from seeing each other for 19 months.
“Since the start of the pandemic, members of our common cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of closing land borders. This pain is about to end, ”Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
Unvaccinated visitors will still not be allowed to enter the United States from Canada or Mexico.
Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have stressed that the White House will not lift the “Title 42” ordinance put in place by former President Donald Trump’s administration that essentially cut off access to the government. asylum to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers seeking entry from Mexico.
The precise date, in early November, for the lifting of restrictions on land and air travel will be announced “very soon,” one of the officials said.
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.”
On August 9, Canada began allowing entry of fully vaccinated U.S. visitors for non-essential travel.