U.S. land borders to reopen to vaccinated travelers on November 8 – .

U.S. land borders to reopen to vaccinated travelers on November 8 – .

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States will announce today that it will reopen its land borders to non-essential visitors vaccinated on November 8, a White House official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a policy that has not yet been made public, said travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination to customs and border protection officials upon request. .

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently working on operational details, such as what will constitute acceptable evidence and what “very limited” exceptions might be allowed.

Vaccines approved by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization will be accepted for international air travel, and “we expect the same will be true at the land border,” he said. declared the responsible.

What is still not clear is whether people who have received doses of two different vaccines, a disease that affects approximately four million Canadians, will be considered fully vaccinated for travel purposes.

New York Congressman Brian Higgins wrote to the CDC urging the agency to quickly clarify its position on mixed-dose vaccinations.

“The prospect that millions of Canadian travelers will be denied access to the United States indefinitely… is deeply concerning,” Higgins said in a letter Thursday to CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

“Our livelihoods and way of life depend on the free flow of goods, services and people across the border – often several times a day. “

The US Travel Association has estimated that Mexican and Canadian border closures cost US businesses $ 1.5 billion in travel exports – the domestic spending of foreign visitors – each month.

From Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas this week announced the US plan to ease restrictions on land borders, potential travelers and business groups on both sides of the border pressured Ottawa to eliminate the need for an expensive COVID-19 test to enter Canada.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland all but rejected the idea on Thursday, urging Canadians not to give up their fight against the pandemic – a fight that is not yet over.

“I’m not making predictions about the future,” Freeland said at a press conference in Washington. But “the rules are the rules, and Canadians should expect to follow them.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 15, 2021.


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