White House to reopen Canadian and Mexican borders to fully vaccinated travellers

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Fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico will be able to enter the United States for non-essential travel across the land border in early November, according to a senior Biden administration official.

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Non-essential travel from Mexico and Canada to the United States – a broad category that includes almost all travel for tourism or recreational purposes – has been banned by land since March 21 of last year, when then-President Donald Trump imposed a shutdown. order was signed. United States land border crossing for all except essential travel.

But early next month, the Biden administration will begin reopening border crossings to travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of seven World Health Organization-approved vaccines, including The AstraZeneca vaccine developed at the University of Oxford is also included. Sinopharma and Sinovac vaccines, and US-made Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

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Officials said the new land cross-border policy will take effect at the same time as the Biden administration’s new vaccination requirement for air travelers.

Non-vaccinated travelers will still be allowed to enter the United States for essential travel until early January, when the second phase of the new policy goes into effect.

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After that, officials said any foreign national entering the US at a land crossing for any reason would have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A senior administration official briefing reporters about the new protocol said the phased approach is to give essential passengers such as truck drivers time to get their shots before more stringent restrictions go into effect in January.

“We understand how valuable cross-border travel from Canada and Mexico is to economic activity in border communities and to our wider economy,” the official said.

“We also know how meaningful the ability to travel is to maintain personal relationships between people living on both sides of the North and South American borders – who are often effectively members of a community – and we further We are pleased to be able to grow these strict protocols to ensure cross-border travel can happen in a safe and sustainable way.

A second official said the new restrictions would have no impact on protocols for irregular migrants crossing the border between points of entry.

“Any foreign national attempting to enter the United States by any illegal means or without proper documentation will be subject to border restrictions,” he said later, adding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection The officers will be responsible for checking the passengers. ‘ Paperwork.

“A foreign traveler who has not been vaccinated will not be allowed to enter the United States and will instead be allowed to withdraw his application for entry and return to Canada or Mexico,” the official explained.

“The new travel system will create consistent, and stringent protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States, whether by air, land or ferry … This action is guided by public health and science, and ensures That we are using the best equipment. We have to save people from COVID-19.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / United States

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