The U.S. will lift all travel restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated visitors in November, ending a 19-month curb on non-essential travel that had been put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The United States’ land borders with Canada and Mexico have remained shut since March 2020, due to … [+] the Covid-19 pandemic.
The new rules will be formally announced by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday and it will cover both land and ferry crossings into the country, several outlets reported.
Several U.S. lawmakers and the governments of Canada and Mexico have pressed the Biden administration to lift the restrictions for several months.
Unvaccinated travelers will continue to be barred from entering the country.
The move to open the land border comes just weeks after the Biden administration lifted a similar ban on air travel, allowing all travelers who are fully vaccinated to enter the country.
According to the reports, all essential travelers–like truck drivers–seeking to enter the U.S. will also need to be fully vaccinated from January.
Administration officials told Reuters that despite ending the land border restrictions the Biden White House will not lift the “Title 42” order put in place by former president Donald Trump’s administration that effectively cut off access to asylum for hundreds of thousands of immigrants seeking entry from Mexico.
In a statement shared with the New York Times, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) hailed the decision: Finally, the New York-Canadian border will be open again to vaccinated travelers from both nations…This reopening will be welcome news to countless businesses, medical providers, families, and loved ones that depend on travel across the northern border.”