US land border to reopen in November
In Early November, the US will lift restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
Vehicle, rail, and ferry travel between the US and Canada, and Mexico have been primarily restricted to essential travel, such as trade, since the earliest days of the pandemic.
The new rules that Homeland Security Secretary will formally announce on Wednesday will now allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the US regardless of the reason for travel commencing in early November when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel into the country.
By mid-January, even essential travelers seeking to enter the US, like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated as the country moves to require all international visitors to be inoculated against Covid-19.
The officials from the President govt emphasized that the White House would not lift the "Title 42" order put in place by former President Trump'sgovt that has essentially cut off access to asylum for hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter from Mexico.
The precise date in early November when the restrictions will be lifted will be announced "very soon," one of the officials said.
Mexico, Canada land border restrictions
Both Mexico and Canada have pressed the US for months to ease restrictions on travel that have separated families and curtailed leisure trips since the onset of the pandemic.
The latest move follows last month's announcement that the US will end country-based travel bans for air travel and instead require vaccination for foreign nationals seeking to enter by plane.