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13 Oct 2021

U.S; Canada, Mexico Border to open for Vaccinated Travelers in November

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The U.S has announced to lift travel restrictions across it border with Canada and Mexico in early November. Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will now be able to travel ahead of the holiday season.

Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S Homeland Security Secretary stated, “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.”

Lawmakers across the country are praising the new move as previous travel restrictions harmed economies and local businesses. Senator Chuck Schumer stated, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end.”

However, the administration has yet to provide a precise date for opening of all borders. According to reports, from January onwards, essential visitors and workers who cross borders on a regular basis will have to be vaccinated. Lawmakers in all states have been pressuring the White House to lift travel restrictions.

Visitors crossing borders via ferry or land will not have to provide proof of vaccination but must be vaccinated. Side by side, air travelers must require proof of vaccination along with a negative PCR test to board flights to the U.S. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it will only accept visitors who have received vaccination from certain approved regulators.

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