WASHINGTON – The White House says that by early November, adult foreign nationals will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to travel to the United States.

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The announcement is the first clear sign from the Biden administration that it is preparing to ease travel restrictions first imposed in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

It is unclear how the new policy will specifically affect travel at the Canada-US land border, where non-essential visitors are prohibited from crossing.

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The land border restrictions, which have been renewed on a monthly basis since they were first imposed 18 months ago, are due to expire on Tuesday.

The White House has not yet provided details on which vaccines would be considered acceptable; The Oxford-AstraZeneca shot, widely used in Canada, has never been approved in the US.

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White House spokesman Kevin Munoz confirmed the announcement on Twitter today.

“Today, (the Biden administration) has announced that beginning in November, the US will require adult foreign nationals visiting the US to be fully vaccinated,” Munoz tweeted.

“This is a strict measure aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 20, 2021