The US will open its land borders with Mexico and Canada at the beginning of November to travelers vaccinated against COVID-19 who enter for reasons considered non-essential, a senior White House official announced yesterday.
The precise date of entry into force of the new regulation 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 had been announced on September 20.
Faced with the pandemic, the US closed its borders since March 2020 for millions of travelers coming in particular from the European Union, the United Kingdom or China, later from India or Brazil. But also for visitors arriving by land from Canada and Mexico.
The restriction caused painful personal situations and financial damage.
Regarding land border crossings, the new system will be implemented in “two phases”. Initially, vaccinations will be required for “non-essential” trips, such as tourism or to visit family members, and the vaccination requirement will not apply to “essential” trips, 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, for example, drivers of heavy vehicles who have compelling professional reasons to cross the border to be vaccinated.
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 high official referred to recent indications from the US health authorities.
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the main federal public health agency, has “informed the airlines that all vaccines approved by the FDA (the US Drug Administration) and the World Organization of Health (WHO) would be accepted for air travel.
“It will be the same for land travel,” anticipated the senior official, and specified that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not given in the US, would also be accepted.
The source clarified that the lifting of the restrictions would only affect legal entry by land into the territory. (AFP)