The US will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated people from November onwards thus marking an end of a 19-month long freeze due to the covid-19 pandemic. This requires all international visitors to the country to be vaccinated against covid-19.
Since the earliest days of the pandemic, vehicle, air and ferry movement across the borders between Canada and Mexico was restricted. The new rules, that is yet to be announced on Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to visit the US regardless of the reason of travel starting early November and similar ease of restrictions will kick off in air travel into the country. By mid-January, even essential travellers seeking to enter the U.S., like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated.
Both Mexico and Canada have pressed the US for months to ease restrictions on travel that have separated families this latest move from the US will allow the country to end country-based travel bans for air travel and instead require vaccination for foreign nationals seeking to enter the country.
According to the officials, travellers entering the US by vehicle, rail and ferry will be asked to provide their vaccination status as part of the standard U.S. Customs and Border Protection admissions process. At officers’ discretion, travellers will have their proof of vaccination verified in a secondary screening process.
According to the CDC, the US will accept travellers who are fully vaccinated with any vaccines that are approved for emergency use by the World health organization.
Officials said the CDC was still working to formalize procedures for admitting those who received doses of two different vaccines, as was fairly common in Canada.