New rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the US regardless of reason for travel
According to a report, after a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US is set to announce that it will reopen land borders with Canada and Mexico next month for non-essential travel and all Will demand thorough vaccination of international visitors.
The new rules, to be announced on Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the US regardless of reason to begin travel in early November, when the country has similar restrictions for air travel. is relaxed, The Associated Press reported. As of mid-January, essential travelers wishing to enter the US, like truck drivers, will also need to be fully vaccinated.
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The US announced in August that it would continue to ban non-essential travel despite Canada’s move to allow entry to Americans who have been fully vaccinated. Officials in Canada criticized the decision, saying the move created confusion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed some confusion at the time, but said that each country has to make its own decisions regarding its border.
Senior administrative officials previewed the new policy late Tuesday on the condition of anonymity before a formal announcement, the AP reported. The White House did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Granthshala News.
Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas is expected to make a formal announcement on Wednesday.
Officials told the AP that travelers entering the US by vehicle, rail and ferry will be asked about their vaccination status as part of the standard US Customs and Border Protection entry process. At the discretion of the authorities, passengers will have proof of vaccination verified in a secondary screening process.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who represents the state bordering Canada, praised the move in a statement.
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“Since the start of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of land border closures. That pain is about to end,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement obtained. Reuters.