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US Opens Mexico and Canada Border To Vaccinated

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

According to a statement by Alejandro Mayorkas, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, the the United States will lift non-essential travel restrictions for vaccinated individuals on the Canada and Mexico borders. The new order is expected to take effect some time in November. Travelers must produce a proof of vaccination for entry into the United States.

Unvaccinated, non-essential travelers are still barred from crossing.

Though non-essential travelers are required to produce proof of vaccination, essential travelers are still permitted to enter without vaccination. However, it’s expected next year essential travelers will be expected to show proof as well.

It seems the new policy is in the spirit of economic efforts. Both The United States and its neighbors have experienced economic declines from the border closures. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer commented, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, members of our shared cross-border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures.” according to Reuters.

The United States is expected to continue to lift travel restrictions through next year starting this November, though only for vaccinated travelers. Air travelers from countries like China, India, and Europe will be permitted to enter the United States given they are fully vaccinated. This new policy from the United States comes off of a recent remission of travel for US vaccinated travelers into Canada.

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