The Biden administration is allowing fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico and Canada to enter the United States for non-essential purposes.
The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November, ending historic restrictions placed on non-essential travelers since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcas said in a statement that the administration next month will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who have been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including visiting friends and family or for tourism, through land and cross border crossings.
In a previous call with reporters, US officials said the new rules are similar to, but not identical to, the planned requirements announced last month for international air travelers.
Representatives from US border states have hailed the unprecedented move to lift restrictions, which have hurt the economies of local communities and prevented families and friends from seeing each other for 19 months.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our common transnational community have felt the pain and economic hardship caused by the land border closures. That pain is about to end,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
Unvaccinated visitors will still be prohibited from entering the United States from Canada or Mexico.
Officials from the administration of President Joe Biden have confirmed that the White House will not lift the “Title 42” order established by the administration of former President Donald Trump that essentially denied access to asylum for hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers seeking entry from Mexico.
One official said the exact date in early November when restrictions on land and air travel would be lifted would be announced “very soon”.
The Department of Homeland Security said the administration was establishing “consistent and rigorous protocols for all foreign nationals who travel to the United States — whether by air, land, or ferry.”
On August 9, Canada began allowing entry to fully vaccinated US visitors for non-essential travel.