After being closed for nearly two years in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the United States will reopen its land borders and ferry ports of entry with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated passengers next month. will open from
Meanwhile, vaccinated travelers from other countries will be allowed to enter the US as early as January 2022.
But Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday urged Canadians to exercise caution if they plan to drive or take a train to the US for non-urgent reasons, said Dr. Reiterating the previous advice given by Eileen de Villa.
“Do the things you need to do, and maybe hold back from doing the things you want to do,” Freeland said. “If we can continue to do this for a few more weeks, Canada could really put COVID completely behind us.”
Here’s what we know and don’t know about the announcement so far.
When will the Canada-US land borders actually reopen?
White House officials have not yet given a set date for when they will reopen their land borders. The current deadline for the US to reopen its borders with Canada and Mexico is October 21, but officials have said the closure will be extended to an early November reopening date.
Will you still need a negative COVID-19 test result?
No. Contrary to regulations when it comes to flying from Canada to the US, those traveling via land will not have to present a recent negative COVID-19 test, unless they can prove they have an authorized There are two doses of the vaccine that have been approved for use by the World Health Organization or US regulators.
Canada reopened its land borders to fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents on August 9, but travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Canada began allowing fully vaccinated travelers from other parts of the world into the country on 7 September.
Under the new rules, White House officials said non-essential travelers would be asked about their vaccination status at crossings, and only those who were fully vaccinated would be allowed in.
Anyone crossing US borders can be randomly selected for screening at any time, where they must show proof of vaccination.
Which vaccines will be accepted?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously said it will accept international travelers who have been immunized with vaccines authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.
This includes vaccines developed by AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinovac and SinoPharm, which approved by WHO, as well as the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots FDA authorized for emergency use.
Will mixed doses be accepted?
White House officials said Tuesday that the US is still determining whether to allow travelers into the country receiving two different vaccine doses, or two doses of different mRNA vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer, or mRNA One dose of vaccine and one dose of AstraZeneca. .
Reluctance to accept mixed vaccination status could cause problems for just over 10 percent of Canadians — 3,911,303 — The federal government stated that the vaccine is fully vaccinated with a combination of of dosage.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said officials are “working hard” to help other countries recognize the vaccination status of Canadians with a mixed-dose regimen.
“(US officials) are still working everything out to their end, so we are eagerly waiting to see what they will do on their end,” Tam said.
“But let’s just say we have left no stone unturned in advocating for a vaccine schedule here.”
Officials are still figuring out what the official proper document for vaccination status will look like.
What about partially vaccinated travelers?
Partially vaccinated travelers who are non-essential will not be allowed to cross US land borders, US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Meyercas said in a statement on Tuesday.
It is not clear whether exceptions will be made for passengers who have received a single dose and have recovered from COVID-19.
– With files from Granthshala News’ Sean Boynton, Aaron D’Andrea, Rachel Gilmore and Reuters