US to open land borders with Canada, Mexico to vaccinated foreign tourists

By Rek Hanibal Published on October 13, 2021
US to open land borders with Canada, Mexico to vaccinated foreign tourists

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would allow travel for non-essential purposes via land and ferry crossings.

From January 2022, it will also require proof of vaccination for any travel over these crossings, essential or not.

The US has restricted travel from its northern and southern neighbours since March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it would allow travel for non-essential purposes via land and ferry crossings.

From January 2022, it will also require proof of vaccination for any travel over these crossings, essential or not.

The US has restricted travel from its northern and southern neighbours since March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his department was "pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel safely and sustainably."

But he did not say when the changes would come into effect.

Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said all visitors must receive vaccines approved or recognized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have been approved in the US.

The WHO has also supported these three, along with others made by AstraZeneca-Oxford, Sinopharm and Sinovac.

News of the upcoming announcement has drawn praise from US lawmakers with constituencies along the Canadian border.

Among them was Chuck Schumer, the Democrats' Senate Majority Leader.

"Kudos to President Biden for doing the right thing and increasing cross border travel between Canada and the US," he said in a statement.

"This reopening will be welcome news to countless businesses, medical providers, families, and loved ones that depend on travel across the northern border," added New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

The announcement of new rules in September was a surprise to many - coming days after the US government said it was not the right time to lift restrictions.

The US has recorded more than 42 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic and over 670,000 deaths.

Rek Hanibal

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