US to open borders with Canada and Mexico

Complete vaccination required to cross the border

The United States will open its borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated travelers from early November, three prominent members of Congress, including Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed. This puts an end to travel restrictions that have been in place since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in March 2020.

The new rules, which will be formally announced on Wednesday by Minister Alejandro Mayorkas of Homeland Security, will cover land borders and ferry crossings. An exact date for lifting travel restrictions from Canada and Mexico is not yet known.

Non-American travelers entering the United States by land or ferry must be vaccinated, but only need to provide proof of vaccination if requested by customs officials. A recent negative test result is not required anyway. On the other hand, air passengers must present a vaccination certificate and a recent negative test result before boarding the plane.

In late September, the White House announced that fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries will be welcome in the United States from early November. These include China, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the countries of the European Union. That communication has not yet been translated to an exact date either.

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