Border gates on the U.S. side of the Canadian border crossing at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, are closed on Monday, Aug, 2021.
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The United States will lift its ban on fully vaccinated foreign nationals at its land borders with Canada and Mexico in early November, ending a historic two-day ban on non-essential travelers from March 2020 in response to the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic, officials said Tuesday.
On Wednesday, rules officially announced by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas will cover land borders and ferry crossings. These are similar but not identical to the planned requirements announced last month for international air travelers, officials said in an application with reporters.
New York State lawmakers have praised the move.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that “since the beginning of the epidemic, members of our border community have experienced the pain and economic hardship of closing the land border. That pain is about to end.”
Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have insisted that the White House will not revoke a “Title 42” order issued by the administration of former President Donald Trump that barred millions of immigrants from entering Mexico from entering the shelter.
The exact date in early November when the ban will be lifted will be announced “soon”.
Canada began allowing fully vaccinated U.S. visitors for unnecessary travel from Aug. August.
Once the U.S. ban is lifted, non-essential foreign visitors crossing the U.S. land border, such as tourists, will be able to see if they are vaccinated. In early January, much-needed visitors like truck drivers in the United States will need to be vaccinated to cross the land border, officials said.
U.S. lawmakers have been pressing the White House to lift a ban on unnecessary travel by Canadians to the North American border since March 2020, and many border communities have been severely affected by the closure. Mexico has also pressed the Biden administration to ease sanctions.
The White House announced on September 20 that in early November the United States would lift travel bans on air travelers from China, India, Brazil and most European countries who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-1.
Foreign visitors entering the United States by land or ferry must be vaccinated but will not necessarily be required to show proof of vaccination unless they are referred for secondary inspection by US Customs and Border Patrol.
In contrast, all non-US air travelers must show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight এবং and show evidence of the recent negative COVID-19 test. Foreign visitors crossing the land border will not be required to show evidence of the recent negative COVID-19 test.
On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the United States would accept the use of the Covid-1 vaccine, approved by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization, for international visitors.
U.S. land border restrictions did not prevent U.S. citizens from returning to the country.