Washington – The United States will reopen its land borders to non-essential travel next month, ending a 19-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the country takes steps to require all international visitors to be vaccinated. against the coronavirus.
Vehicle, train, and ferry travel between the United States, Canada, and Mexico has been largely restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the early days of the pandemic.
The new rules, to be announced Wednesday, will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the United States, regardless of the reason for travel, beginning in early November, when a similar easing of restrictions on air travel to the country is put in place.RELATED
By mid-January, even travelers in essential activities, such as truck drivers, who intend to enter the United States, will have to be fully vaccinated.
Senior government officials gave a preview of the new measure Tuesday on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the issue before the formal announcement.
Both Mexico and Canada have for months pressed the United States to ease travel restrictions that have separated families and limited leisure travel since the beginning of the pandemic. The latest move comes weeks after the announcement that the United States will end restrictions on air travel from some countries, and will instead require proof of vaccination for foreigners attempting to arrive by plane.