From November 8th, travelers fulfilling certain criteria will be able to fly to the United States for non-essential purposes. Borders with Canada and Mexico will also reopen to non-essential travel, though not specific date has been set. It is expected to also happen sometime in November.
“The new U.S. travel policy, which requires vaccination of foreign nationals traveling to the US, will go into effect on November 8,” announced Kevin Munoz, a spokesman for the White House. “This announcement and date applies to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is public health driven, rigorous and consistent.”
The US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorka, explained that the decision to open borders with the two neighboring countries had been made following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“In alignment with the new international air travel system that will be implemented in November, we will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to enter the United States for non-essential purposes, including to visit friends and family or for tourism, via land and ferry border crossings,” Mayorka said.
Cross-border travel creates significant economic activity in our border communities and benefits our broader economy. We are pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner.Alejandro N. Mayorka, US Secretary of Homeland Security
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a negative Covid-19 test will not be required for fully vaccinated travelers entering the US by land. The United States will welcome international tourists at the end of the year, after more than 19 months of closure. The sanitary conditions and the formalities that will be required have not yet been fully specified.