As Open jaw reported in September, the U.S. had announced the reopening of air travel for some time in November.
Now land borders with Canada and Mexico are also slated for opening for fully vaccinated foreign nationals in early November. However, in both cases, the specific date is not known.
A U.S. officials told the CBC details are being worked out, including what type of documentation travellers will need to prove vaccination status.
If fully vaccinated, travellers would not be required to show a negative COVID-19 test.
Mixed Still Nixed
According to the CBC, the U.S. awaits guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travellers with mixed doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Recently, the CDC announced that six vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted for emergency use by international air travellers, including AstraZeneca.
A similar rule is likely to apply for land crossings.
U.S. Homeland Security said the administration was creating “consistent, stringent protocols for all foreign nationals traveling to the United States – whether by air, land, or ferry.”
As previously reported by OpenJaw, Americans have been able to enter Canada since 09AUG, and shortly the one-way street will see travel in both directions. U.S. government officials noted that the easing of restrictions reflects the growing vaccination rates in North America, with nearly 263 million people fully vaccinated across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.