Until September 21, the United States extended a ban on crossing its land borders with Canada and Mexico for journeys not deemed essential. The extended restriction does not apply to US citizens and permanent residents returning to the US from those countries.
The authorities in Washington made such a decision, despite the fact that Canada announced in July that it would open its borders to Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 from September 9.
“In collaboration with experts in public health and medicine, the (US) Ministry of National Security continues to work closely with its partners in the US and internationally to determine how to safely and sustainably resume normal travel,” the ministry wrote on Twitter.
In the US, concerns about another wave of infections
Due to the coronavirus, the US has repeatedly extended its entry restrictions by 30 days since March 2020, including towards Canada and Mexico. The Reuters agency reported this week that another COVID-19 wave is expected in the US.
The latest travel restriction extends beyond the end of the busy US summer tourist season. Due to the growing number of coronavirus infections in the country, airline employees estimate it will be weeks, perhaps even months, before any travel restrictions to the US are lifted.
No entry for non-US citizens
Notwithstanding restrictions on the land border with Canada and Mexico, the United States prohibits the entry of most non-US citizens who have been in the UK, 26 Schengen countries, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil in the last 14 days.
The White House confirmed on Aug. 5 that President Joe Biden’s administration is considering opening borders to vaccinated travelers; this may require you to provide proof of vaccination.
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