US to Reopen Mexico and Canada Land Borders for Vaccinated Travelers
The United States will lift restrictions at land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated visitors. No exact date has been announced yet, but it will happen in early November. This will end the travel ban for non-essential travelers which has been in place since March 2020.
Unvaccinated travelers will still be banned from entering the US from Mexico and Canada by land. But, air travel is allowed with a negative Covid-19 test.
The information comes from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement the administration “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings.”
The land border rules are similar to the new travel system that was announced last month for international air travelers. It’s not clear what vaccines will be accepted, but it could be the same list announced for air travel.
Essential travelers, including students, truck drivers, US citizens and healthcare workers have been allowed to travel through land border throughout the pandemic. They will be given more time to comply with the new vaccination requirement. The second phase, starting in early January 2022, will apply the vaccination requirement to all inbound foreign travelers, whether traveling for essential or nonessential reasons, WSJ reports.
Currently, most non-US citizens who have been to the UK, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and a number of European countries within the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the US.