WASHINGTON – The Biden administration will lift travel restrictions at land borders with Canada and Mexico starting in November for fully vaccinated travelers, reopening the United States’ doors to tourists and separated families that were closed from the country during the pandemic.
Senior administration officials said those who provide proof of vaccination and are about to visit family, friends, or shop in the United States will receive travel clearance next month, just weeks after President Biden lifted a similar outright ban on foreigners. those wishing to travel to the United States. country from across the ocean.
Lifting the 19-month land border ban will not only restore communication between the United States and its neighbors, but will also be one of the latest steps towards opening up the country’s borders to vaccinated travelers from around the world. After cutting the country off from international tourism for more than a year, the administration has turned the country into a coveted destination for the vaccinated – while making it clear that all foreigners who choose not to get vaccinated will face severe restrictions on entry into the United States. States.
Unvaccinated travelers will continue to be banned from crossing borders with Mexico or Canada.
In a statement Tuesday night, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, praised the Biden administration’s decision to open the borders with Canada and Mexico and once again welcome those deemed “minor travelers”, such as relatives wishing to visit family or those wishing to make purchases. In the United States.
“Finally, the border between New York and Canada will again be open to vaccinated travelers from both countries,” Ms. Gillibrand said, adding that losing Canadian business is costing the US economy $ 1.5 billion every month. “This discovery will be long-awaited news for countless businesses, healthcare providers, families and loved ones who depend on travel across the northern border.”
Travel restrictions, introduced in March 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States, do not apply to commercial traffic returning U.S. citizens or students. But as the vaccine spread across North America, political leaders representing communities along the U.S. border have begged the White House for months to lift restrictions to provide a respite for business owners.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, said in a statement that the administration will open the border in November.
“Kudos to President Biden for doing the right thing and increasing travel across the Canada-US border,” said Mr Schumer.
Nicholas Fandos made reporting.