After a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the US is set to announce that it will reopen the land borders with Canada and Mexico next month for unnecessary travel, and complete vaccination for all international visitors.
The new rules, which will be announced on Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the US from the beginning of November, regardless of the reason for the trip. The Press reported. By mid-January, passengers who need to enter the US as truck drivers should also be vaccinated completely.
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The US announced in August that it would continue to ban unnecessary travel despite Canada’s move to allow full vaccinated Americans to enter. Canadian officials criticized the decision, saying the move created confusion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had also expressed some confusion at the time, but said each country would make its own decision about its borders.
Senior administration officials previewed the new policy late on Tuesday in an anonymous condition to speak before the formal announcement, the AP reported. The White House did not immediately respond to an hour-long email from LBL.
Secretary of Defense Alejandro Mayorkus is expected to make a formal announcement on Wednesday.
Passengers entering the US by vehicle, train and boat will be asked about their vaccination status as part of the standard US customs and border protection admission process, officials told the AP. At the discretion of the authorities, passengers review their vaccination evidence during the secondary screening process.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, who represents Canada’s border state, praised the move.
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“Since the beginning of the epidemic, members of our cross-border community have experienced the pain and economic hardship of land border closures,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in a statement. lbl
The Associated Press contributed to this report