The United States will open its land border crossings with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated foreigners, the administration of President Joe Biden has announced. Travel restrictions, which have been in force since March 2020, are set to be lifted in November.
Detailed regulations in this area will be presented on Wednesday by National Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “They will be analogous to, but not the same as, those announced in September for air connections,” Reuters reported.
Democratic leader in the Senate: this pain will end soon
The borders with Mexico and Canada had been closed to foreigners for nineteen months. “From the beginning of the pandemic, representatives of the community living on both sides of the borders have felt painfully the economic consequences of the closure of the land borders. This pain will soon end,” said Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer in a statement released on Tuesday.
American citizens returning home from Canada or Mexico were allowed to cross the border, which was closed to foreign nationals.
According to information that Reuters has received from the Biden administration, the Department of Homeland Security does not plan to relax the rules of President Donald Trump’s asylum regulation (Title 42), which prevents immigrants waiting at the Mexican-American border from filing asylum applications.
The exact date of lifting the travel restrictions “will be announced soon”.
Rules for crossing the border with Canada
Canada allows entry for vaccinated foreigners on August 9. After the restrictions are lifted, all volunteers – including tourists – will be allowed to cross the border with Canada, provided they have been vaccinated. In addition, starting in January, the main group entering Canada, most notably truck drivers, will have to be fully vaccinated. The American government will not introduce an obligation to present a vaccination certificate every time. It will have to be presented at the express request of the customs and border protection authorities.
According to the air traffic rules announced on September 20, citizens of 33 countries are required to present a sanitary certificate before boarding.
Persons meeting the entry criteria will be foreigners who have undergone a complete vaccination course consistent with the characteristics of a given preparation. However, this vaccine must be approved by the World Health Organization.
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