US to open land, air borders to vaccinated travelers

World

Published: 2021-10-13 09:54

Last Updated: 2021-10-17 18:03


Source: France24
Source: France24

A senior White House official announced Tuesday that the United States will open, from "early November" its land borders with Mexico and Canada, and its air borders with the world, to vaccinated travelers. 

Sept. 20, the United States announced that, starting from “the beginning of November,” it would open its air borders to all travelers vaccinated against Covid-19, lifting the restrictions imposed since March 2020 on international flights.

The official confirmed that the land and air borders will be opened "simultaneously."

Over the course of 18 months, the "travel ban" has separated hundreds of thousands of people and caused countless painful personal and family situations.

With regard to the opening of the land borders, the official said that the matter will take place in two stages. In the first stage, vaccination will be required for non-essential travel, while essential travel will remain permitted regardless of vaccination status according to the conditions in place since the borders were closed. 

In the second stage, scheduled for January, the vaccine will be necessary for essential and non-essential travel alike.