When the United States shut the land borders to Mexico and Canada, did you ever, in your wildest dreams, think it would last 19 months? Never. Well, I have one word about this breaking news: FINALLY!
According to the Associated Press, “The United States will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November (Updated: The date is November 8), ending historic curbs on non-essential travelers in place since March 2020 to address the COVID-19 pandemic, two U.S. officials said on Tuesday.”
The New York Times reports, “Those who provide proof of vaccination and are looking to visit families or friends or shop in the United States will be allowed to enter next month, senior administration officials said, just weeks after President Biden lifted a similar sweeping ban on foreigners looking to travel to the country from overseas.”
According to Daily Security Reports, “Travelers will not be expected to show proof of vaccination unless it is requested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents. The ban on non-essential ground travel has been in place since March 2020. Travelers arriving to the U.S. by air will still be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Additionally, essential workers, such as truck drivers, seeking to cross land borders into the U.S. in early January 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated.”
One thing is for sure: the US is making it clear that unvaccinated travelers are not welcome. I have Canadian family (my wife is from Toronto) and the USA announced yesterday that those with the Astrazeneca vaccine will be accepted but there’s no word yet if they will accept mixed doses since I know plenty of Canucks who first received Astrazeneca and either Pfizer or Moderna for their second shot. Let’s hope they allow it.