US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated

US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated
A man rides his bike past the closed main entrance of the international border bridge that connects the cities of Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: The United States will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month for those who are fully vaccinated. This will end a 19-month freeze due to the pandemic as the country moves to require all international visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Ferry, rail and vehicle travel between the US and Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel due to the pandemic, such as trade, since the earliest days of Covid-19.

The new rules to open land borders will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the US regardless of the reason for travel starting in early November when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel into the country. The rules are to be announced Wednesday. By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the United States, like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated.

Senior US officials previewed the new policy on the condition of anonymity to speak ahead of the formal announcement.

Both Canada and Mexico have pressed Washington for months to ease travel restrictions that have separated families and curtailed leisure trips since the Covid pandemic began. The latest decision follows last month’s announcement that the United States will end country-based travel bans for air travel, and instead require vaccination for foreign nationals seeking to enter by plane.

The officials said both policies will take effect in early November, but they didn’t specify a particular date.

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