At “beginning of November”, The United States will open its land borders with Mexico and Canada to travelers vaccinated against coronavirus who enter for non-essential reasons, after 19 months of closure due to the pandemic, announced an official of the White House.
An official explained to journalists that the precise date of entry into force will be announced “in the next few days” for these trips by land, as well as for international trips by plane, subject to the same calendar and for which the mandatory vaccination was required. was announced on September 20. “Iran hand in hand,” said this official during a conference call, Telam reported.
Faced with the pandemic, the United States closed its borders since March 2020 for millions of travelers coming in particular from the European Union, United Kingdom O China, later than India O Brazil. But also for visitors arriving by land from Canada and Mexico.
The restriction has caused painful personal situations and financial damage. Regarding land border crossing, the official explained that the new system would be implemented in “two phases.” Initially, vaccinations will be required for “non-essential” trips, such as tourism or visiting relatives, and the vaccination requirement will not apply to trips considered “essential”, which have always been allowed.
For the second phase, from “early January” 2022, all travelers must be fully vaccinated regardless of the nature of the trip. This will allow “enough time” for drivers of heavy vehicles who have compelling professional reasons to cross the border, for example, to get vaccinated, the White House explained.
The source indicated that the restrictions in force for these land borders, which expire on October 21, would be extended once again until the date of entry into force of the new device. Asked about the vaccines that will allow entry to the territory, the official referred to recent indications from the US health authorities.